The Secretary of State to the Sinclair Exploration Company

Gentlemen: The Department is in receipt of your letter of October 24, 1923, stating that your company has recently despatched a party to the Far East with instructions to proceed to the “Russian half of the Island of Sakhalin, and there commence exploratory work for oil.” You add that “this work is undertaken in fulfillment of the concessional contract, for the exploration and development of the oil resources of Sakhalin, originally entered into between the [Page 812] Sinclair Exploration Company and the Far Eastern Republic, and since ratified in August of this year by the Moscow Government.”

In acknowledging the receipt of your letter this Department refers you to its letter of March 17, 1923.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
William Phillips

Under Secretary