The British Ambassador (Geddes) to the Secretary of State

No. 118

Sir: With the note which you were so good as to address to me on December 14th last2 you communicated to me copies of a draft Convention3 which it is proposed should be concluded between the United States Government and the Government of Canada to provide for the protection of the Pacific Halibut fishery.

I have the honour to inform you that the Dominion Government, while concurring in the main points of the draft, have requested me to suggest the following minor modifications which it is hoped will be agreeable to the United States Government:

The word “department” to be substituted for the word “Ministry” in the second paragraph of Article I (See page 3 of the draft Convention).
The words “including the Behring Sea” to be inserted after the words “North Pacific Ocean” in the penultimate line of paragraph 2, Article 3 (See page 5 of draft Convention).

I should be grateful if I might be informed whether the United States Government concur in the amendments suggested by the Dominion Government. As the Canadian Government are particularly anxious to conclude the Convention at an early date, I have the honour to request that I may be notified as soon as possible whether the United States Government are now prepared to proceed to its signature subject to the modifications proposed above.

I have [etc.]

(For the Ambassador)
H. G. Chilton
  1. Ibid., p. 675.
  2. Not printed.