File No. 462.11Se8/60

The German Ambassador (Bernstorff) to the Secretary of State

J. Nr. A 4724

My Dear Mr. Secretary: With reference to my letter of the 7th instant, Nr. A 4445,1 I have the honor to inform you that the Imperial Government, according to instructions just received, agrees to a diplomatic settlement of the question of indemnity to be paid for the American ship William P. Frye .

The Imperial Government, however, is of the opinion that the negotiations ought to be conducted in Berlin, as the evidence produced must be examined by the Imperial Government and as the sending of instructions to me is too difficult at this time as a result of the actual disturbed state of wireless communications.

I am [etc.]

J. Bernstorff
  1. Not printed.