File No. 611.419/132

The British Ambassador (Spring Rice) to the Secretary of State

No. 12]

Sir: With reference to conversations which have taken place between us relative to the removal of the British embargo on British rubber, I have the honour to enclose herewith paraphrase of a telegram which I have received from Sir Edward Grey, His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in which he informs me that arrangements have been practically completed whereby dealers and manufacturers in the United States can obtain supplies of rubber from the British Empire. The telegram gives details as to what these arrangements are. I have lost no time in telegraphing to the representatives of the rubber interests now in New York and I have also distributed copies to the press.

I have [etc.]

Cecil Spring Rice

The British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Grey) to the British Ambassador (Spring Rice)

Arrangements have been practically completed whereby dealers and manufacturers in United States can obtain supplies of rubber from British Empire.

Manufacturers wishing to obtain large shipments will be required to give a bond through their agent in London.

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In other cases shipments will be allowed to approved manufacturers and dealers who signify their willingness to sign appropriate guarantee. Shipments will be addressed to a bank in New York which will not deliver rubber until purchaser has signed and deposited guarantee with His Majesty’s Consul General at New York and he sanctions delivery.

Manufacturers’ guarantee will be an undertaking not to export any raw waste or reclaimed rubber except to United Kingdom or British possessions; not to sell rubber now delivered but to use it in own factory; to execute orders for manufactured goods from neutral European countries from stocks in United Kingdom; not to sell manufactured goods to any person in United States without ascertaining whether he has no intention to export same to Europe except through United Kingdom; to give notice to His Majesty’s Consul General of shipment to non-European countries and to put a distinctive mark on all manufactured goods exported or sold for export.

Dealers’ form will be shorter. Shipment to manufacturers who have given a bond will be allowed direct.