The British Ambassador (Geddes) to the Secretary of State
Sir: During their visit to Washington last July the Prime Minister of Canada and the Minister of National Defence took occasion to open discussions with you on the subject of a revision of the Rush–Bagot Agreement of April 28th, 1817, limiting the naval forces to be maintained by the United States and Canada on the Great Lakes. At this meeting it was suggested that the principles contained in the Rush–Bagot Agreement should be embodied in a new treaty in which due regard would be paid to the changed conditions of the times, and it was arranged that the Canadian Government should furnish the Government of the United States with a memorandum showing the extent and disposition of the armament at present maintained on the Great Lakes, together with a draft treaty containing the proposals of the Dominion Government in regard to this question.[Page 488]
I now have the honour, by request of the Government of Canada, to transmit herewith, for the consideration of the United States Government a copy of the draft treaty in question, together with a memorandum14 showing the strength of the naval vessels now stationed on the Great Lakes.
The Dominion Government would be glad to receive in due course the views of the United States Government in regard to the terms of the draft treaty.
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