The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador (Geddes)

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note No. 582, of September 10, 1920, relative to the proposed treaty between the United States and Great Britain concerning the North American fisheries.

Attentive consideration is being given to the suggestion of the Canadian Government that there be inserted in paragraph (g) of Article I, after the word “Canada”, and in paragraph (g) of Article II after the words “United States” the following words:

“and on land, if previous agreement for such purpose is made with the proprietors or possessors of the ground or other property used.”

In my note of June 19 I mentioned that before setting a date for the signing, it might become desirable for this Department to consider objections which might be advanced to the treaty. Subsequent to my note of June 19, 1 received a letter from Senator Jones18 discussing certain questions in relation to the treaty which now are being considered.

I shall not fail to inform you of the results of the consideration that is being given the amendment which the Canadian Government has suggested and to advise you when this Government is prepared to proceed to the signing of the treaty.

Accept [etc.]

Bainbridge Colby
  1. Ante, p. 396.