811.7353b/91: Telegram

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Harvey) to the Secretary of State

[Paraphrase]

264. Your 184, June 23. The Foreign Office declares that it is fully aware of British Minister’s activities at Lisbon in opposition to granting of concessions in the Azores to American companies for the landing and operation of cables, which concessions British companies already established there claim would cause harmful competition to [Page 361]them. Intimation was given that the activities of the British Minister were in accordance with instructions. I am informed by the head of the American Division of the Foreign Office that as long as the American Government continues to refuse to grant an operating permit for the line from Brazil to Florida via Barbados79c this attitude is likely to be maintained.

Harvey
  1. For other correspondence concerning the controversy with the Western Union Telegraph Co., see vol. i, pp. 518 ff.