File No. 711.6521/109

The Acting Secretary of State to the Italian Ambassador

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of June 29, 1916, in which, referring to the notice given by this Government of its desire to terminate, on July 1, 1916, the Treaty concluded between the United States and Italy on February 24, 1881, and Article XIII of the Treaty concluded between the two Governments on May 8, 1878, you state that your Government has taken formal cognizance of this Government’s notice, and that it is now understood that these treaty stipulations are terminated from July 1, 1916.

You further give notice in behalf of the Royal Italian Government that it denounces, from the date of July 1, 1916, the whole of the Convention concluded between the United States and Italy on May 8, 1878, which will remain in force until July 1, 1917. In accordance with the request contained in your note, I herewith make formal acknowledgment of your Government’s notice of denunciation of this treaty, Article XIII of which ceased, as indicated above, to be in effect on July 1, 1916.

I may observe with respect to Article XI of the treaty of May 8, 1878, to which you refer in your note, that this article, as of course your Government is aware, was annulled by the Treaty of February 24, 1881.

Accept [etc.]

Frank L. Polk