File No. 817.812/195

The British Ambassador to the Secretary of State

Sir: In my note No. 393 of October 28 last,12 I had the honour, under instructions from His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to enter a caveat against the payment by the United States Government to the Nicaraguan Government of the sum of three million dollars provided in the American Nicaraguan Treaty without any provision being made for the settlement of certain British claims recognized in a formal agreement concluded in 1912 by His Majesty’s Government and the Nicaraguan Government, I added that there were other claims for goods or monies supplied [Page 834] by British subjects to the Nicaraguan Government, which were not provided for in the above agreement, as they had never been disputed by the Nicaraguan Government, and for the payment of some of which assurances had also been given by that Government that they would be met out of the first monies received by them.

I have now the honour to state that a list of these claims is in the course of preparation and will be communicated to you as soon as received for inclusion in the settlement, which His Majesty’s Government have no doubt will be carried out in such a manner as to enable the Nicaraguan Government to meet their obligations.

I have [etc.]

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