File No. 600.119/1420

The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page) to the Secretary of State


2265. War Trade Board [from Sheldon]:

No. 1518. Your 1281, Department’s 1608, September 25, 7 p.m. I am familiar with the negotiations that have been taking place here on the question of rerouting of oil tankers and the arrangement as to prices and supplies of oil that would be necessitated by such rerouting. I have seen cable from Petroleum Mission No. 501 from Foley and Thomas for Hurley and Requa.2 I understand that if the proposal contained therein is approved by our Government, a satisfactory solution will have been found for these vexed questions that have been under discussion for a long time. This being the case, I think you would be warranted in granting licenses for the exportation of oil-well supplies, etc., and I should like to know your decision as soon as possible as the British Government have expressed themselves as very desirous of these licenses being granted.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Mark L. Requa, General Director Oil Division, U, S. Fuel Administration.