The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain (Dawes)

No. 662

Sir: The Department has received your despatch No. 1573, of January 20, 1931, with which you enclosed a copy of a note from the British Foreign Office in relation to the negotiations for the conclusion of an extradition treaty between the United States and Great Britain.

The Department has no objection to the counter suggestion of the British Government that the following language be inserted at the end of Article 3, Item 6 of the Draft Treaty:

“if such offense be indictable in the place where the accused is apprehended.”

The modified definition of the crime “Procuration” as suggested by the Foreign Office is satisfactory to this Government.

The two points in question having been agreed upon there seems to be no issue remaining between the two Governments as to the language of the proposed treaty, and, accordingly, the Department is sending you the necessary full power to sign the treaty. It assumes that the changes in the “Draft Extradition Treaty” enclosed in the Foreign Office note of June 20, 1930, agreed upon in the Department’s Instruction No. 471 of August 11, 1930 and in this instruction, are sufficiently set forth in such instructions so that you will be able readily to see to it that the necessary changes are made in the draft treaty before signing.

Very truly yours,

For the Secretary of State:
W. R. Castle, Jr.