The Secretary of State to the French Ambassador (Jusserand)

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: In accordance with your suggestion yesterday,17 I take pleasure in sending you a draft of a note,18 similar to that handed to the British Ambassador in connection with the signing, on Saturday last, of the agreement for the renewal of the Arbitration Treaty between the United States and Great Britain.19 The British Ambassador at the same time handed me a note stating that under instructions from His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs he confirmed my understanding of His Majesty’s Government’s attitude on the point stated in my note and saying that if the Senate approved the President’s proposal, His Majesty’s Government would be prepared to consider with the United States Government the conclusion of an agreement for the reference to the Permanent Court of International Justice of disputes mentioned in the Arbitration Convention.

I am [etc.]

Charles E. Hughes
  1. No record of this conversation found in the Department files.
  2. Not printed.
  3. Post, p. 315.