File No. 711.6521/111

The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador Page

No. 378

Sir: The Department has received Mr. Jay’s No. 525 of June 30 last, enclosing a copy of a note from the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, making acknowledgment of your Embassy’s note advising the Italian Government of the desire of the United States Government [Page 23] to terminate the Convention between the United States and Italy of February 24, 1881, and Article XIII of the Treaty of May 8, 1878, between the same contracting Powers.

Reference in the note addressed to you by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to an Article XI of the treaty concluded between the United States and Italy on February 24, 1881, apparently is an inadvertence since the treaty contains but two articles and since in the Department’s instructions of March 23, 1916, you were directed to give notice to the Italian Government of the intention of this Government to abrogate the entire treaty.

For your information the Department encloses herewith a copy of a note of June 29, 1916, received by it from the Italian Ambassador at Washington and a copy of the Department’s reply.

I am [etc.]

Frank L. Polk