The Sinclair Exploration Company to the Secretary of State

Sir: The Sinclair Exploration Company, in keeping with their customary policy of informing the Department of State of their foreign activities, wishes to advise that they have recently despatched a party to the Far East under the direction of Mr. J. P. McCulloch with instructions to proceed to the Russian half of the Island of Sahalin, and there commence exploratory work for oil. This work is undertaken in fulfillment of the concessional contract, for the exploration and development of the oil resources of Sahalin, originally entered into between the Sinclair Exploration Company and the Far Eastern Republic, and since ratified in August of this year by the Moscow Government.

The entrance of the Far Eastern Republic into the Union of Soviet Republics gave rise to this ratification, the effect of which is that the Moscow Government (S.S.S.R.) takes the place of the F.E.R. in the contract, i.e. assumes the rights and obligations of the latter, vis-à-vis the Sinclair Exploration Company.

We have [etc.]

Sinclair Exploration Company
R. Crandall