File No. 195.1/322a
The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain (Page)
Use your own judgment as to time of presenting views expressed in our 1019, January 23. Answering your inquiry as to rules referred to, sentence quoted states rule as it has been followed by both the United States and Great Britain as to transfers during war. [Page 689] Presumption is against the bona fides of a sale of ship by belligerent during war but that presumption can be overcome by evidence establishing bona fides of transaction. For further information examine instructions given by British Government to its delegates to London Naval Conference, 1908, which drafted Declaration of London. Gratified at reception given my letter to Senator Stone. It seems to be quite generally approved here regardless of party.