811.114 Great Britain/441½

The Counselor of the British Embassy ( Osborne ) to the Secretary of the Treasury ( Morgenthau )28

Dear Mr. Secretary: Mr. Graves being out of town I am again communicating direct with you on a minor point connected with the liquor smuggling question.

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You may remember that Section 3 (f) of the 1926 arrangements30 provided for the notification to the United States Consul-General in London of any confidential information that could be given in regard to the departure from British ports of vessels with “interesting” cargoes. This practice was followed until some time after the repeal of Prohibition, when the Consul-General informed the customs in London that he had been notified from Washington that the information was no longer required.

The United States Consul at Glasgow has now, under instructions from the State Department and with reference to the 1926 arrangements, asked to be supplied with information regarding the departure of vessels with cargoes of alcohol from any port in his district to any port adjacent to the United States.

In connection with this request we have been instructed to tell you that the Customs are quite ready to revert to the former practice of communication through the United States Consul-General in London. Alternatively, and if you wish this confidential information to be communicated locally, perhaps you would let me know, and we should be ready to telegraph to London about your views.

Believe me [etc.]

D. G. Osborne
  1. Marginal notation: “Copy furnished by Treasury.”
  2. See Foreign Relations, 1926, vol. ii, pp. 351 ff.