File No. 611.419/194

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Page) to the Secretary of State

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Sir: Referring to my cablegram No. 1545 of yesterday’s date,’ I have the honor to inform the Department that Mr. Charles Henry Burr of Philadelphia who brought me a letter of introduction from the Department and from Senator Simmons of North Carolina, and who has been in England for some time past on behalf of the Textile Alliance of the United States, endeavoring to make an arrangement with the British Government by which the embargo on wools could be raised, so that merino and black-faced wool could be exported [Page 666] from Great Britain to the United States, has spoken several times with me upon this subject, and has kept me informed as to his negotiations. He states that he has been in close communication with the British Board of Trade and other Government bodies, and also with high officials at the Foreign Office and the Admiralty.

Mr. Burr yesterday informed me that he had concluded with the Board of Trade a working arrangement through which he was satisfied the exportation of the necessary quantities of wool could be made to the United States. He left with me a copy of a form of agreement, which is enclosed herewith, and stated that he was sailing for America on the 30th instant, and would, upon arrival in Washington, inform the Department of the further details in connection with this arrangement.

Mr. Burr further informed me that he understands the Foreign Office will advise me as soon as the arrangements are definitely concluded, upon receipt of which information I will immediately cable the Department.

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Walter Hines Page
[Enclosure 1]

The Directors of the Textile Alliance, Inc., to the Board of Trade

Gentlemen: On behalf of the Textile Alliance, Inc., we, the undersigned directors, in recognition of the trust reposed in us by yourselves and the Government of Great Britain do pledge ourselves to the best of our power and ability to carry out the following undertaking in respect of wool exported from Great Britain into the United States and consigned to A. M. Patterson, Esq., chairman of the Alliance or other the chairman of the Alliance for the time being.

That neither the Textile Alliance nor any of its associated bodies nor their members nor the owners of mills for whom the wool is destined shall resell any wool so imported to any dealer or other person or persons, but that such wool shall be used in the mill or mills for their own manufacturing purposes only.
That no part of the wool nor any wool tops or yarn made therefrom shall be reexported to any destination from the United States of America.
That realizing that such imports might encourage the export of American grown wool we will so far as lies in our power endeavor to discourage the export of such wool.
That with the advice and consent of His Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador at Washington we will take such measures with the several purchasers and importers as shall best effectuate our undertaking.

With appreciation of the confidence bestowed upon us, we are [etc.]

[Enclosure 2]

The Secretary of the Board of Trade to the Directors of the Textile Alliance, Inc.

Gentlemen: I am directed by the Board of Trade to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of . . . . . in which you set out the arrangements you are prepared to make in respect of wool exported from the United Kingdom to the United States of America and consigned to the chairman of your Alliance.

In reply I am to state that the board highly appreciate the action which your Alliance are proposing to take and that they accept on behalf of His Majesty’s Government the undertaking you have given.

Having regard to this undertaking the board will be prepared to entertain applications for licences for the export of merino and black-faced wool to the United States of America which are consigned in the manner indicated in your letter.

It is of course understood that this arrangement must be regarded as experimental and subject to revision at any time in the light of experience of its working.

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It is also to be understood that the grant of licences must always be subject to the necessities of consumers in the United Kingdom.

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