Treaty Series No. 679

The French Ambassador ( Jusserand ) to the Secretary of State


Mr. Secretary of State: Your Excellency was pleased, by your note dated this day, to suggest in connection with the renewal of the Arbitration Convention signed by France and the United States on February 10, 1908, and periodically renewed since, that the agreement of the two governments on the point specified as follows in your said note be placed on record.

Your Excellency’s communication reads as follows:

“On February 24 last the President proposed to the Senate that it consent under certain stated conditions to the adhesion by the United States to the Protocol of December 16, 1920, under which the Permanent Court of International Justice has been created at The Hague. As the Senate does not convene in its regular session until December next, action upon this proposal will necessarily be [Page 17] delayed. In the event that the Senate gives its assent to the proposal, I understand that the Government of the French Republic will not be averse to considering a modification of the Convention of Arbitration which we are renewing, or the making of a separate agreement under which the disputes mentioned in the Convention could be referred to the Permanent Court of International Justice.”

I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that my Government, whose instructions have come to hand, entirely agrees with Your Excellency in this matter.

Be pleased to accept [etc.]