File No. 705.6254/–

The Secretary of State to the Swiss Minister ( Ritter)

No. 342

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of February 6, 1917, informing me that by instructions of your Government you have assumed charge of German interests in the United States and asking whether there is any objection thereto on the part of this Government.

In reply, I have the honor to inform you that this Government sees no objection to your assuming charge of the interests named, [Page 613]nor to the Swiss consular officers taking over the German consulates in the cities listed in your note.

Accept [etc.]

Robert Lansing