The Secretary of State to the Norwegian Minister ( Bachke )

My Dear Mr. Minister: My attention has been called to your note of April 15, 1929, regarding Commander Byrd’s scientific expedition [Page 719] into the Antarctic regions, which apparently has not been acknowledged. I therefore hasten to express to you the Department’s regret at this apparent oversight.

The reference to your Government’s statement regarding the basis for a claim of priority to sovereignty over certain enumerated territories, as indicated on page two of your note, has been noted, but since it is assumed that this was merely brought to the Department’s attention for its information, no comment by the Department would seem to be called for at this time.

I am [etc.]

Henry L. Stimson