711.428/712

The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador ( Geddes )

Excellency: Referring to the convention for the protection of the halibut fishery of the North Pacific Ocean, signed between the United States and Great Britain on March 2, 1923, 1 have the honor to inform you that the Senate on March 4, 1923, gave its advice and consent to the ratification of the said convention in a resolution, as follows:

“Resolved (two-thirds of the Senators present concurring therein), That the Senate advise and consent to the ratification of Executive D, Sixty-seventh Congress, fourth session, a convention between the United States and Great Britain, signed on March 2, 1923, for the preservation of the halibut fishery on the Northern Pacific Ocean, including the Bering Sea, subject to the understanding, which is hereby made a part of this resolution of ratification, that none of the nationals and inhabitants and vessels and boats of any other part of Great Britain shall engage in halibut fishing contrary to any of the provisions of this treaty.”

Your Excellency will perceive that by this resolution the advice and consent of the Senate to the ratification of the Convention is given subject to the understanding “that none of the nationals and inhabitants and vessels and boats of any other part of Great Britain shall engage in halibut fishing contrary to any of the provisions of this treaty”.

I shall be pleased if you will be so good as to bring this action of the Senate to the attention of His Majesty’s Government, and express this Government’s hope that His Majesty’s Government will accept the understanding which the Senate makes a part of its resolution of ratification.

Accept [etc.]

Charles E. Hughes