Treaty Series No. 665

The American Ambassador (Houghton) to the German Chancellor (Wirth)

No. 128

Mr. Chancellor: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of today’s date transmitting the draft of the agreement enclosed to you in my note of June 23, as modified as a result of the negotiations that have been carried on between us.

In accordance with the instructions that I have received from my Government, I am authorized by the President to state that he has no intention of pressing against Germany or of presenting to the Commission established under the claims agreement any claims not [Page 266] covered by the Treaty of August 25, 1921, or any claims falling within Paragraphs 5 to 7, inclusive, of the annex following Article 244 of the Treaty of Versailles.

With regard to your suggestion that the Commission shall only consider such claims as are presented to it within six months after its first meeting, as provided for in Article III, I have the honor to inform you that I am now in receipt of instructions from my Government to the effect that it agrees that notices of all claims to be presented to the Commission must be filed within the period of six months as above stated.

I avail myself [etc.]

A. B. Houghton