File No. 841.622a/319
The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page ) to the Secretary of State 1
[Received June 12.]
Sir: With reference to the Department’s telegram No. 4747 of April 23, 1917, regarding the removal of two German subjects from the American S. S. Allaguash by the British ship Amethyst on February 3 last, I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of a note I have just received from the Foreign Office in reply to the representations I made in the premises, dealing with the question of the arrest of enemy subjects traveling on neutral merchant ships.
For the guidance of the Department, I venture to add that my memorandum of December 29 last, to which Mr. Balfour makes reference, was based upon the Department’s instruction No. 4520 of December 1, 1916,2 and that a copy of the Foreign Office note of the [Page 530] 30th ultimo was transmitted to the Department under cover of my despatch No. 6328 of May 31,1 the substance of it having been telegraphed in my 6318 of the 31st ultimo, 2 p.m.
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