File No. 012/16396f

The Secretary of State to the Polish Victims’ Relief Fund 2

Gentlemen: With reference to the Department’s letter to you of August 21, 1917,3 authorizing you to send money, subject to the observance of certain conditions and with due regard to the provisions of pending legislation, to certain destinations abroad, the Department now begs leave to inform you that this authorization has automatically [Page 515]become nullified through the provisions of the so-called Trading with the Enemy Act (H.R. 4960).

The Department is taking up with the War Trade Board, in which is vested the authority to grant licenses, the question of licensing your Committee to continue its work along the lines formerly indicated. Until further advised by the Department, however, you should discontinue the transmission of all lists, drafts, transfers or other communications to the destinations specified in the authorization previously accorded.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
William Phillips
Assistant Secretary
  1. The same, mutatis mutandis, on the same date, to the American Express Co. and C. B. Richard & Co. (File Nos. 012/16396c, 16396b.)
  2. Ante, p. 506.