File No. 811.2222/3050

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


8382. Your telegram 6251, January 15. Foreign Office referring to communication received through British Chargé d’Affaires, Washington, state they assume it is now proposed that article 4 of military service convention should read as follows:

4. A special arrangement being in contemplation as to British subjects born, naturalized, or ordinarily resident in the Dominion of Canada, this convention will not apply to British subjects in the [Page 665] United States (1) not born in Canada but ordinarily resident in Canada, or (2) born or naturalized in Canada and not ordinarily resident in a part of the British Empire other than Great Britain or Canada.

This wording is quite satisfactory to the British Government.

I am informed that the only point now outstanding is second paragraph, article 5, which the British Chargé d’Affaires is taking up with you, and that when this point has been settled nothing will stand in the way of signature of convention. Meanwhile Foreign Office desire to hear that wording proposed for article 4 is acceptable to you. The British Government attach the greatest importance to this matter and Mr. Balfour has expressed to me the earnest hope that it will be found possible to meet their wishes.