441.11 St 23/10
The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Kellogg ) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 17.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 124 of May 16, 2 p.m., 1924, and subsequent correspondence with regard to the claim of the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey against the British Government for the destruction in Roumania of property belonging to the Romano-Americana, the Roumanian subsidiary of the Company.
Since then the following developments have occurred. Upon receipt of the instruction under reference a member of the Embassy called at the Foreign Office in order to discuss the situation and to request that a Conference should be held with a representative of the Standard Oil Company. Subsequently the request for a Conference was confirmed in writing to Sir William Tyrrell on May 27;65 to this communication I received a reply, dated June 23, from Sir Eyre Crowe re-stating the position of the British Government and offering to hold a Conference although he believed that no useful purpose would result therefrom. A copy of Sir Eyre’s note is enclosed.[Page 310]
Mr. Hayes, representative of the Standard Oil Company appeared in London at this juncture and after going into the whole subject very thoroughly with him, and, as you will recollect with you also during your stay in London as President of the American Bar Association, I deemed it wise to confer with the Minister of Foreign Affairs personally.
On September 23 I placed before the latter a full presentation of the American contentions and on that day also wrote you a confidential letter giving the details of my conversation with Mr. MacDonald.66 Mr. MacDonald promised to go into the matter personally. He has now written me under date of October 6, a copy of which is also enclosed, giving reasons in detail why the British Government cannot alter its position in the premises. Mr. Hayes, having been informed of the contents of Mr. MacDonald’s communication, is considering what action can now be taken and will consult further with me.
I venture to invite your serious consideration to this adverse decision and to request your further instructions.
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Counselor of Embassy