File No. 851.711/224

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France ( Sharp)

No. 1572

Sir: Please endeavor to obtain from the Foreign Office replies in detail to the following inquiries which have been addressed to the Post Office Department:

Are the letters detained by the French authorities of whatever nature to be later on forwarded to the neutral countries to which they are addressed?

Is this retention meant a delivery to a prize court after the war?

Is this detention meant to indicate confiscation for assumed infractions of an edict not affecting neutrals in neutral trade?

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Frank L. Polk