The Acting Secretary of State to Senator Henry Cabot Lodge
Dear Senator Lodge: Since our conversation regarding the proposed treaty between the United States and Great Britain, providing for the grant by both countries of certain port privileges to the fishing vessels of either country, another draft has been prepared, a copy of which I enclose herewith. As I said at our conference, the purpose of the treaty is to provide for the continuing of the arrangement entered into during the war by the United States and Canada through concurrent legislative or executive action. This action is taken to carry out the recommendations of a conference of representatives [Page 240] of the United States and Canada in the summer of 1917.12 I enclose a memorandum which sets forth briefly what the Conference did and the results it arrived at.13
As the proposed treaty has a bearing on the fishing interests of New England, and on account of your long familiarity with the fisheries questions between the United States and Canada, I would greatly appreciate an expression of views from you with respect to the enclosed draft treaty before presenting it to the British Government as a tentative basis for negotiations. If you could find time to examine the draft and write me in regard to it, I would be greatly obliged.
Very sincerely yours,