File No. 611.419/365

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

No. 1137]

Sir: It is reported to this Department that there exists among the woolen manufacturers of New England serious dissatisfaction with the action of the British Government in issuing to certain Bradford firms licenses to export yarns made from crossbred wools when the export of the crossbred wool itself is forbidden on the ground of military necessity. It is claimed, the manufacturers state with justice, [Page 669] that this embargo on crossbred wool makes it impossible to compete with Bradford manufacturers in the making of crossbred yarns because the market for raw material is closed to them.

You are requested to investigate these statements and ascertain what the effect is upon international commerce. You will call upon the American Consul General at London and the American Consul at Bradford for any assistance you desire.

I am [etc.]

Robert Lansing