The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Grummon) to the Secretary of State

No. 2324

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s instruction number 541, dated March 24, 1939,16 suggesting that the Embassy, unless it perceived objection thereto, bring to the attention of the appropriate Soviet officials the desire of representatives of marine underwriters of the United States to share in at least a portion of the insurance business on merchandise en route between the United States and the Soviet Union.

A member of the Embassy on May 4, 1939, took the occasion of a visit to the Commissariat for Foreign Affairs to leave with Mr. Rosh, the Chief of the Third Western Division of the Commissariat, a memorandum expressing the hope that the appropriate Soviet organizations might find it possible to give favorable consideration to the desire under reference of the United States marine underwriters. Mr. Rosh stated that the matter would be submitted to the Commissariats for Foreign Trade and Water Transport for their consideration. The Embassy will not fail to bring this matter again to the attention of the Commissariat for Foreign Affairs when opportunity offers and will report any developments of interest to the Department.

Respectfully yours,

Stuart E. Grummon
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