The American Agent (Bonynge) and Counsel (Martin), Mixed Claims Commission, to the Secretary of State
Sir: In accordance with your letter of instructions to the undersigned bearing date June 19, 1936, we proceeded to Germany on the [Page 273]S. S. Europa arriving at Bremerhaven on June 27, 1936. We were met there by a representative of Germany who advised us that the German Government desired to have the discussions of the matters mentioned in your letter at Munich. We thereupon left Bremen on the evening of June 27, arriving in Munich on the morning of June 28.
On July 1 we formally met Hauptmann von Pfeffer who was designated by his government to discuss the matters with us. We advised Hauptmann von Pfeffer at that time that our positions were those of Agent and Counsel respectively before the Mixed Claims Commission United States and Germany and that we were not authorized or privileged to discuss any other matter pertaining to the general relations between the two countries and that settlement of the sabotage claims could not be conditioned upon discussion or settlement of any such matter.
At this conference the Agent of the United States was requested to write a letter to the Representative of Germany giving information relating to the claims pending before the Commission. This led to correspondence between the representatives of the two governments and to the receipt of a written proposal dated July 6 from Germany84 for a compromise settlement of the sabotage claims and the entry of awards accordingly in favor of the United States on behalf of the American nationals involved. After conference with and approval of the proposed settlement by representatives and attorneys for the American nationals the American Agent accepted the proposed settlement on behalf of the United States by a letter bearing date July 6, 1936.85
The proposed settlement was ratified at a meeting of the Representatives of both Governments on July 10, 1936, and minutes of the meeting were prepared and duly signed by representatives of each government. The proposal included an offer to settle the Drier Claim on the basis of the unconsummated settlement between the two agents arrived at in February 1933, which settlement has heretofore been recognized by the two governments and the acceptance included this offer.
It was understood and agreed that no publicity was to be given to the settlement until both governments agreed upon the date for a release of the terms of the agreement.
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All of which is respectfully submitted.
- Robert W. Bonynge
- H. H. Martin