File No. 694.119/57

The Commercial Adviser of the British Embassy ( Crawford) to the Assistant to the Counselor for the Department of State ( Auchin-closs)

Dear Mr. Auchincloss : With reference to your letter of January 10th1 regarding negotiations between the War Trade Board and Japanese shipping firms, I enclose herewith copy of a memorandum which was handed to the State Department on August 24th last and which appears to cover the point raised in your letter.2

Yours very truly,

Richard Crawford
  1. Letter of Jan. 10 not found.
  2. Memorandum of Aug. 24, 1917, states: “… the acquisition and employment of Japanese tonnage can be left entirely in the hands of the United States Government together with the supplying of all ship-building material.” Foreign Relations, 1917, Supplement 2, vol. I, p. 685.