The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador (Geddes)

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note No. 354, of June 10, 1920, relative to the signature of the proposed treaty between the United States and Great Britain concerning port privileges of foreign vessels, lobster fishing, halibut fishing, and the tariff on fresh fish, and to inform you that a communication dated June 11, 1920,8 has been received from Senator W. L. Jones, of the State of Washington, in which it is stated that he expects to forward a communication within a few days giving his position with reference to this treaty.

As it appears desirable to meet, if possible, any objections which may be advanced by Senator Jones, it seems advisable to postpone the signing of the proposed treaty until these objections can be given careful consideration.

As regards the matter of the publication of the report of the International Fisheries Commission, I have the honor to state that this matter has been referred to the appropriate authority of this Government, with a request for a statement of his views concerning it. Upon receipt of a reply I shall not fail to communicate with you again.

Accept [etc.]

Bainbridge Colby
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