The Secretary of State to the Swedish Minister ( Ekengren )

My Dear Mr. Minister: I was interested to learn from your letter of the 31st ultimo the point of difference between your Government and that of Great Britain in regard to trade. I note that you believe the effect of the British proposals would be to limit American exports to Sweden. Of course, if this action was taken with the consent of the Swedish Government, I feel that the United States would have no special grounds for objection. If, however, this limitation should be imposed by the British Government, the situation would be quite different and I Cannot foretell what the position of this Government might be. If the normal trade of the United States with [Page 501] Sweden should be affected, the situation might be such as to require consideration by the United States Government.

I am [etc.]

Robert Lansing