The Secretary of State to the French Ambassador ( Jusserand )

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: You will recall that at a meeting held in Washington on March 6, 1922, of sub-committee number one of the International Conference on Electrical Communications, the Chairman of this committee, at your suggestion and that of Sir Auckland Geddes,11 submitted a tentative plan for the distribution of the former German cables.12 It was understood at the meeting that the different representatives upon the committee would refer this tentative plan to their respective governments with a view to having them examine it and offer such suggestions as they might care to make regarding it.

I would appreciate it if you would be good enough to let me know, at your early convenience, what the views of your Government are with reference to the adoption of the plan in question.

I am [etc.]

Charles E. Hughes
  1. British Ambassador in the United States.
  2. Not printed; the plan laid before the first subcommittee by its chairman, Mr. Henry P. Fletcher of the American Delegation, was for the equal distribution among the United States, Great Britain, France, and Italy of the estimated value of the former German cables in the Atlantic Ocean (file No. 574.D1 Subcommittee No. 1/17). For correspondence relating to the International Conference on Electrical Communications, see Foreign Relations, 1920, vol. i, pp. 107 ff.