The Ambassador in Great Britain (Bingham) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received June 14.]
Sir: I have the honor to report that, in compliance with the Department’s telegraphic instruction No. 117, May 20, 12 noon, the Embassy made an appointment through the Foreign Office for Mr. Robert M. [Page 8]Morgan, President of the North American Grain Export Association, and Mr. Walter P. Hedden, Chief of the Bureau of Commerce, New York Port Authority, to consult directly with Mr. C. J. Flynn, Assistant Secretary of the Board of Customs and Excise, at the Customs House, London, on May 25, regarding the present difficulties in shipping Canadian grain via United States ports to the United Kingdom.
Messrs. Morgan and Hedden, who called at the Embassy on May 25, had frequent discussions with a member of the Embassy staff and with Mr. Foley, the Embassy’s Agricultural Attaché, regarding the progress of their conversations with the Board of Customs and Excise. On June 2 they informed the Embassy that they had succeeded in obtaining a final agreement with the Board of Customs and Excise as to a modus operandi in exporting Canadian wheat via United States ports.
I enclose copies of a letter dated June 2 from Mr. Hedden to the Embassy,7 reporting the conclusions of their negotiations, together with copies of its enclosure, a memorandum containing the understanding arrived at between Messrs. Morgan and Hedden and Mr. Flynn of the Board of Customs and Excise.
Messrs. Morgan and Hedden sailed for the United States on the S. S. Aquitania today.
Counselor of Embassy
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