The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain (Davis)
6200. Consult Consulate General regarding Department’s May 29, 1917, 5 p.m.,31 and subsequent correspondence concerning cases pending in Prize Court involving property claimed by American concerns. If these cases now pending in Prize Court or on appeal could be amicably adjusted or settled by American claimants out of court, it is believed good feeling in American commercial circles would be materially promoted and many grounds of irritation and of subsequent controversies avoided. If you see no objection thereto, take matter up with appropriate authorities with a view to preparing them for a favorable reception of compromise offers for settlement out of court should they be made. You may say that this Government would be glad to have any such suggestions of settlement favorably entertained. Report.