File No. 812.516/164

The Secretary of State to Ambassador Fletcher

No. 40

Sir: Referring to the Department’s telegram No. 654, of February 6, 1917, addressed to Mr. Parker, directing him to lodge a protest with the de facto Government of Mexico against its apparent purpose to force into liquidation the National Bank of Mexico and the Bank of London and Mexico, there is enclosed herewith, for your information, a translation of a note, dated March 13, 1917, from the French Ambassador at this Capital, from which it appears that further forced loans have been exacted from the National Bank of Mexico.

I am [etc.]

Robert Lansing