The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France ( Herrick )

No. 463

Sir: The Department refers to your despatch No. 2284, of September 1, 1922, transmitting a copy of the reply of the French Government with respect to the applications of American cable companies for permission to open offices in France, and encloses for your information and appropriate use, a copy of a despatch, No. 1078, [Page 159] dated September 14, 192247 received from the American Legation at the Hague and copies of letters, dated October 7 and October 9, 1922,47 received from the Commercial Cable Company and the Western Union Telegraph Company, respectively, with regard to agreements which have been concluded with the Netherlands Government for opening cable offices by these companies in Holland for dealing directly with the public. You will note that the President of the Western Union Telegraph Company expresses the hope that his company may be able to conclude a similar agreement with the French Government.

You may inform the Foreign Office concerning the favorable action taken by the Netherlands Government on this question, and you will urge the French Government to extend similar treatment to these American cable companies, submitting a report to the Department.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Leland Harrison
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