File No. 711.5914/260a.
The Secretary of State to the Danish Minister
Washington , January 29, 1916 .
My dear Mr. Minister: I am having prepared a draft of a treaty transferring to the United States the sovereignty of the Danish West Indies, which I shall submit to you as a basis of negotiation. In the course of preparing this draft it has occurred to me that it would be very useful to have a definite statement of the character and extent of Danish obligations and rights in these islands as indicated in the attached formal note, so that if it were necessary, as was done in the Treaty of 1902, to make any statements in the new treaty in regard to public rights and obligations, the information would be before us in compact form. Such information would also be very useful for the Government in answering inquiries which undoubtedly will be made by the Senate as to the status of the financial and other obligations of the Danish Government in the West Indies. I hope that in making this request I am not imposing an unnecessary burden upon you at this time, when I know you are extraordinarily busy.
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