File No. 611.419/194
The Ambassador in Great Britain (Page) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 10.]
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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