300.115/15001: Telegram

The Consul General at London (Skinner) to the Acting Secretary of State

Procurator General refers to correspondence between Foreign Office and Embassy and especially Ambassador’s note of July 25th, 1918,26 as precluding American claimants to whom goods or proceeds of sale of goods are released from pressing for compensation thereafter through diplomatic channels. In letter dated July 25th Ambassador stated Mr. Lansing would be willing to reach understanding to above effect, Government of the United States regarding delivery of goods or proceeds under certain conditions as having effect of finally adjusting matter as regards pecuniary reclamations. Procurator General gathered from this letter that the matter was agreed to, and that all releases now granted on filing of indemnity bond are accepted in final settlement of all claims whether legal or diplomatic. Will Department please confirm or correct this understanding.

  1. Not printed; based upon Department’s telegram no. 180, July 12, 1918, p. 616.