File No. 763.72112/4792

The Secretary of State to Messrs. Dowell & Dowell, Washington, D.C.

Gentlemen: In reply to your letter of September 13, 1917,1 you are advised that up to the present time no arrangement has been devised for the transmission to Germany of patent taxes, annuities, etc., as authorized under the President’s proclamation of May 24, 1917. It is considered doubtful whether such an arrangement may be placed in operation, prior to the passage of the “trading with the enemy” legislation now pending before Congress. As soon as a decision in the matter is reached, however, you will be promptly informed.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Breckinridge Long

Third Assistant Secretary
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