The Acting Secretary of State to the British Chargé ( Barclay )

The Acting Secretary of State presents his compliments to the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Great Britain, and has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the latter’s memorandum of December 5, 1918, regarding a communication from the Danish Government concerning the question of North Schleswig. Mr. Barclay states that the British Government propose, if the United States Government concur, to reply that the Danish Government should themselves put an official request to the Allies to consider the matter at the Peace Conference, and adds that His Majesty’s Government would be glad to receive an expression of the views of the United States Government in the matter.

In reply Mr. Polk begs to inform Mr. Barclay that the views of His Majesty’s Government in this connection are shared by the Government of the United States and that the American Chargé d’Affaires at Copenhagen has been instructed to inform the Danish Foreign Office that this Government is of the opinion that the Danish Government should address to the Allied Governments an official request that the matter be considered at the Peace Conference.