File No. 811.203/45

The French Ambassador ( Jusserand ) to the Secretary of State

[Translation]

Mr. Secretary of State: My Government has just advised me that owing to the delay to be foreseen in the departure of Allied troops and services from France, it deems it expedient to maintain in operation [Page 755] even after the treaty of peace is ratified the declarations relative to military penal jurisdiction.

It therefore wishes me to propose to the Federal Government simultaneously to publish at an early date a note to the effect that the two Governments concerned have agreed to maintain in full force and effect, until further notice, the Franco-American declaration of January 3/14, 1918.

I should be thankful to Your Excellency if you would kindly let me know at your earliest convenience how this proposal was received by the Federal Government.

Be pleased to accept [etc.]

Jusserand