The Secretary of State to the British Chargé (Chilton)

The Secretary of State presents his compliments to the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Great Britain and, with reference to Mr. Chilton’s note of July 13, 1922, relative to the U.S.S. Wilmington, begs to inform him that, during the recent visit of the Prime Minister of Canada to this capital, the general question of naval vessels on the Great Lakes, to which Mr. Chilton referred in his note, was the subject of conversations between Mr. Hughes and Mr. Mackenzie King.

It is the understanding of the Secretary of State that concrete proposals for an agreement in this matter will be submitted to the United States Government in the near future by the Canadian Government, and therefore he presumes that the question of granting permission to the Wilmington to enter the waters of the Great Lakes will be taken up by the Canadian Government in connection with such proposals.