File No. 837.156/235

The British Ambassador to the Secretary of State

No. 179.

Sir: I have the honour to inform you that I am in receipt of a telegram from Secretary Sir Edward Grey stating that the Cuban Ports Company understand that their legal advisers in Washington have urged on the Department of State that they should require the Cuban Government to purchase the undertaking on the basis laid down in the modified concession of 1913.

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Sir Edward Grey desires me to say that the purchase of the undertaking by the Cuban Government would appear to be a very good solution of this long outstanding question.

I have [etc.]

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