File No. 711.6521/118

The Secretary of State to the Italian Ambassador

No. 283

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of June 11, 1917, in which you refer to your note of June 29, 1916, wherein, 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 stated that your Government had taken formal cognizance of this Government’s notice, and that it was understood that these treaty stipulations should be terminated from July 1, 1916, and wherein you further gave notice in behalf of the Royal Italian Government that it denounced from the date of July 1, 1916, the whole of the Convention of May 8, 1878, such denunciation to take effect July 1, 1917.

You call attention to the reasons which prompted the Italian Government to denounce this treaty and state that, since it has been found impossible to prepare, as your Government has taken steps to do, a new instrument which could be substituted for this treaty by July 1, 1917, a proper solution of the situation is to withdraw the notice of denunciation of the treaty and to reduce it to a simple declaration of the intention of the Royal Government to denounce the existing convention at a convenient time and place.

You, therefore, request that the Government of the United States acquiesce in the withdrawal of the notice given by your Government under date of June 29, 1916, and that I acknowledge that the King’s Government has formally withdrawn, as is done in your note under acknowledgment, their notice of June 29, 1916, and that consequently, until further notice, the Consular Convention concluded between the two Governments on May 8, 1878, with the exception of Article XIII and Article XI, the last mentioned of which was annulled by the Treaty concluded between the two Governments on February 24, 1881, remains in full force and effect.

In accordance with your request, I have the honor to say that the Government of the United States acquiesces in the withdrawal of the denunciation of the Treaty of May 8, 1878, notified by your Government under date of June 29, 1916, and I hereby make formal acknowledgment of such withdrawal with the understanding that the Treaty of May 8, 1878, with the exception of Articles XI and XIII, remains in full force and effect.

Accept [etc.]

Robert Lansing