File No. 862.20212/69

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page)


4483. Your 5747, February 24, 1 p.m. Referring to the penultimate paragraph of your telegram under reference, you will please [Page 152] convey to Mr. Balfour a message of thanks for this information of such inestimable value and add that the President has asked me to express his very great appreciation of so marked an act of friendliness on the part of the British Government.

For your information: Ambassador Fletcher has been instructed to take up the matter confidentially with General Carranza and his preliminary report indicates that perhaps it has not yet been presented by the German Minister. If telegram is published the source will be most carefully guarded. You will be kept informed.