The Chargé in France ( Whitehouse ) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 2284

Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith copy and translation in triplicate of the reply of the French Government46 to our request of a year ago relative to the opening of offices in France by the American cable companies. On account of pressure of work and the fact that the enclosures are undoubtedly familiar to the Department, they are transmitted herewith as received from the Foreign Office.

The only interesting point in the note is the offer to allow the Commercial Cable Company to open one public bureau in Paris. This offer, however, is unfortunately conditional on the satisfactory settlement of the question of the German cables.

I had quite a long conversation with Mr. Jusserand at the Foreign Office the other day and from the language and arguments employed in the note, I think it is probable that he wrote it.

I have [etc.]

Sheldon Whitehouse
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