The Chargé in France (Harrison) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 25.]
Sir: Reference is made to the Department’s telegram No. 785, of July 26th to London,77 which was repeated to me by Mr. Davis, giving the text of a Note to be sent to the British Foreign Office and instructing this Embassy to present to the French Foreign Office such parts thereof as might be considered advisable. In compliance with your instructions, I have the honor to report that on August 8th I took occasion to see Mr. Paléologue, Secretary General of the Foreign Office, to explain to him unofficially the position of the American Government with respect to the agreement made at San Remo between the British and French Governments for the disposition of petroleum produced in Mesopotamia, which gave to France preferential treatment in regard thereto. To emphasize my point, left with him an aide memoire which is enclosed. Mr. Paléologue promised to give these matters his immediate attention.
Since the foregoing was drafted I have received your telegraphic Instruction No. 1362, of August 11, 7 P.M.,78 relative to the Anglo-French Oil Agreement. I believe that this Instruction is fully covered by my previous action recited above.
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