Proclamation No. 1372, May 24, 1917, Authorizing Owners of Letters Patent Granted by the German Empire to Make Payments Required for Preservation of Their Rights
By the President of the United States of America
Whereas, the laws of the German Empire provide that letters patent granted or issued to citizens of other countries shall lapse unless certain taxes, annuities or fees are paid within stated periods;
And whereas, the interests of the citizens of the United States in such letters patent are of great value, so that it is important that such payments should be made in order to preserve their rights;
Now, therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the powers vested in me as such, hereby declare and proclaim that citizens of the United States owning letters patent granted or issued by the German Empire are hereby [Page 321] authorized and permitted to make payment of any tax, annuity or fee which may be required by the laws of the German Empire for the preservation of their rights in such letters patent.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
[seal] Done at the city of Washington, this 24th day of May, in the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Seventeen and of the Independence of the United States, the One Hundred and Forty-first.
By the President:
Secretary of State,