The British Ambassador (Howard) to the Under Secretary of State (Olds)
My Dear Mr. Under-Secretary: You will no doubt remember that on the 24th October I spoke to you about the case of a strike of firemen on board the British S. S. “Firpark” at New Orleans on August 13th last and about the question that arose out of it, namely: whether a British Consul could summon a naval court in a United States Port under the provisions of the British Merchant Shipping Acts and whether a decision rendered by such a Court could count on any recognition by or support from the United States authorities. You kindly said that you would look into the matter if I sent you a memorandum explaining it in more detail.
I now enclose a memorandum detailing the circumstances of the incident and should be grateful to know the views of the State Department on the subject so that I may inform our Consuls accordingly.
Believe me [etc.]
- Enclosures not printed.↩