File No. 763.72/10584

The Secretary of State to the Minister in the Netherlands ( Garrett )

No. 632

Sir: The Department acknowledges the receipt of your despatch No. 6, [Luxembourg], of June 14, 1918,1 stating that the Luxembourg Libre, a monthly publication under the auspices of the League of Luxembourg Patriots Abroad, reports that according to the Gazette [Page 300] Luxembowrgeoise, the United States “has declared that subjects of the Grand Duchy will neither be interned as enemies nor enrolled as allies in the American Army in view of the fact that Luxembourg is and remains a neutral state.” You state that you have not been able to verify these reports and that you would be glad to receive such information on the matter as may be of interest in connection with the affairs of Luxembourg and their relation to the United States.

In reply, you are informed that the attitude of the United States toward Luxembourg is characterized by the fact that we have accredited a minister to that country and that we regard Luxembourg as an independent and neutral state whose territory is occupied by the armed forces of a nation with which the United States is at war.

I am [etc.]

Robert Lansing
  1. Not printed.