File No. 811.203/16

The French Ambassador ( Jusserand) to the Secretary of State


Mr. Secretary of State: By note dated the 3d of this month, Your Excellency was pleased to let me know that the President of the United States, as Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States, had authorized you to propose to me a settlement [Page 737] by an exchange of notes of the question of penal military jurisdiction over the French and American Armies jointly participating in this war.

Your Excellency was pleased to reproduce in the aforesaid note the terms of the contemplated arrangement, the text of which in the French language is as follows:

[Here follows the French version of the English text quoted in the preceding document.]

Duly authorized by my Government I have the honor to say to Your Excellency that it accepts the terms of that declaration and that in consequence the provisions therein contained are from this moment in effect.

My Government wishes to have the exchange of notes immediately published in the Journal Officiel to that end and I shall be much obliged to Your Excellency if you will kindly assure me that, as I surmise, you have no objection thereto.

Be pleased to accept [etc.]