File No. 812.516/177

The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador


The Secretary of State presents his compliments to the British Ambassador, and, referring to his Embassy’s memorandum of May 19, 1917, relative to a written demand that has been made on the British-owned Banco Internacional Hipotecario by the de facto Government of Mexico, for 225,000 pesos, and to the seizure, on May 16, 1917, of 125,000 pesos of the Bank’s funds, has the honor to inform the Ambassador that the American Embassy at Mexico City has been instructed, by telegraph, to confer with the British Legation at that place with regard to the matter, and, in the Embassy’s discretion, to make an informal protest against the apparently unwarranted action of the de facto Government.