The Secretary of State to the Minister in the Netherlands (Tobin)
Sir: Reference is made to your despatch No. 1553 of July 10, 1928, with which you transmitted copies and translations of certain communications exchanged between the Legation and the Foreign Office with regard to the question of reciprocity in petroleum matters between the United States and the Netherland Government. As was indicated in the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 28, of June 29, 4 p.m.,24 it had been hoped that the Netherland Government would not make of record the statements contained in memorandum No. 21433 to the effect that American companies with Dutch capital desiring to obtain and operate leases on the public lands of the United States run grave risks by the absence of legal security. However, since the Netherland Government has included these incorrect statements in its memorandum of July 10 the Department finds it necessary to instruct you to make reply thereto. The Department accordingly encloses a memorandum on this subject for communication to the Netherland Government.
In handing the memorandum to the Foreign Office you should point out orally that although this Government has found it necessary to make reply to the memorandum of July 10 it is not done in a spirit of controversy but merely for the purpose of record. You may also indicate that should the Netherland Government be willing to withdraw the memorandum in question, you are authorized to withhold the enclosed memorandum. The Department would, of course, prefer the latter course.
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