File No. 811.0151/108
The Ambassador in Great Britain (Page) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 23.]
Sir: With reference to my telegram No. 8143 of to-day’s date,1 giving a summary of a note I have to-day received from the Foreign Office on the subject of the alleged use of the American flag by British vessels in order to escape capture and destruction by the enemy, with particular reference to the case of the steamship Buena Ventura which was raised by the German Foreign Office in its note to the Ambassador at Berlin of July 28 last, I have the honor to transmit herewith enclosed a copy of the note from the British Foreign Office on which my telegram was based, together with a copy of my note of September 29 last to Sir Edward Grey,1 which has occasioned this reply.
For convenience of reference, I venture to add that my request for information was made under the Department’s instruction No. 1585 of September 13 last.1 The memorandum of February 19 to which reference is made was communicated to the Department in my telegram No. 1674 of the same date.2
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