File No. 851.731/11

The Ambassador in France (Sharp) to the Secretary of State


487. Your 286, November 20, and subsequent instructions relative to protests from business firms of the censorship of commercial telegrams to neutral countries.1

Foreign Office now assures me that French Government desirous of facilitating commercial telegraphic communications between neutrals [Page 703] in every way compatible with existing conditions and that orders have been given by Ministry of War with a view to allowing commercial messages to pass with as little delay as possible and minimum inconvenience to interested parties. Whenever delivery of a message is denied the sender will be notified. Will at once discuss with Foreign Office matter contained in your 496 of January 22, 7 p. m.