File No. 763.72112/3642

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

No. 5421

Sir: Referring to my telegram No. 2049 of the 26th instant [ultimo],1 I have the honor to transmit herewith copies of the revised French black list,1 which appeared in the Journal Officiel of the 26th ultimo, as well as a communication, in copy and translation from the Foreign Office, in which it is stated that the names of all American houses and persons have been removed because of the measures which the American Government expects to take for the suppression of trade with enemy houses.

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I have [etc.]

W. G. Sharp
[Enclosure—Translation]

The French Minister of Blockade ( Cochin ) to the American Ambassador ( Sharp )

Mr. Ambassador: I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that because of the measures which the Federal Government expects [Page 817] to take in order to stop commerce with enemy houses, I have decided to withdraw from the black list, the houses of commerce established in the United States and in the Philippine Islands.

I do not doubt that the Federal Government will see in this act the confidence which the Government of the Republic feels in the effectiveness of the measures adopted by the American authorities in view of cooperating in the economic warfare followed by the Allied Governments against the Central Empires.

Accept [etc.]

D. Cochin

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