The Ambassador in Germany ( Dodd ) to the Secretary of State

No. 3496

Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s mail instruction No. 791, of May 5, 1937, with regard to the correction of the pollution of the sea by oil.

The Department’s instruction contained in the penultimate paragraph has been carried out. The Foreign Office indicated that they would give the matter their attention, and would advise us later in this regard.7

Respectfully yours,

William E. Dodd
  1. In telegram No. 23, January 20, 1938, the Embassy in Germany advised the Department that a note dated January 15, from the Foreign Office stated that the German Government was “gladly prepared to cooperate in bringing about an international agreement for the prevention of the pollution of the sea by oil.” (501.45A3/31). Subsequent correspondence, Note No. 67, February 24, 1938, from the British Embassy, revealed that the German Government was unable, as a matter of principle, to take part in negotiations on the matter under consideration within the framework of the League of Nations (501.45A3/35).