The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Herrick)

No. 1000

Sir: The Department encloses copies of letters dated May 13 and May 14, 1924,37 from the President of the American Bureau of Shipping, protesting in regard to the discrimination made by the French Government against American vessels classed by the American Bureau of Shipping, and requesting that the matter be taken up with the appropriate French authorities with a view to the recognition by the French Government of that Bureau.

You are requested to present the matter to the appropriate authorities of the French Government and urge that recognition similar to that given certain other classification societies be given to the American Bureau of Shipping, which has been recognized by this Government as its agency for classification purposes.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Leland Harrison
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