The Secretary of Commerce (Hoover) to the Secretary of State
My Dear Mr. Secretary: I enclose herewith a memorandum with regard to a fishing matter with Canada, which explains itself.
It appears that this department is acting entirely unofficially in allowing Canadian vessels certain privileges in the United States in return for certain privileges in Canada as a result of an emergency measure taken during the war.
The fishing community both on the Atlantic and Pacific sides is somewhat divided on the desirability of this measure, but as a matter of fact it is being carried on without any authority in law, apparently with the idea that some treaty negotiations are likely to be presented to the Senate bearing on the question.
I would be glad if you could at an early date let me know what the situation is as I do not feel that we have the right to continue this sort of action no matter how advantageous it may be to American fisheries.