File No. 763.72112/3512
The Consul General at London ( Skinner) to the Secretary of State
[Received April 18.]
Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of a letter which I have sent to the Ambassador, which resumes the course of a conversation which I had some days ago with the British officials named, with regard to the above very important matter [British proposals, informally submitted, respecting carrying on of blockade in the event of American participation in the war]. After having thus written, to the Ambassador, Mr. Simpkin, of the War Trade Intelligence Department, sent me a memorandum which he and Mr. Finlay had. prepared for submission to Lord Robert Cecil, the Minister of Blockade, a copy of which I enclose. It was quite frankly stated to me that these gentlemen desired me to know what was passing through their minds before proposals of an official character should be transmitted to the Department, through the Embassy.
It is scarcely necessary to add that in all that has passed between myself and the British officials who have to do with the blockade, I have made no suggestions of a direct or indirect character with respect to the probable attitude of the Department of State under changed international conditions.
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