894.628 Vessels/191

The Secretary of State to the Japanese Ambassador (Saito)

The Secretary of State presents his compliments to His Excellency the Japanese Ambassador, and has the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Ambassador’s note No. 112 of May 22, 1937, requesting, with reference to the Secretary of State’s note of May 11, 1937, that reconsideration be given to the question of consent to the proposed visit of the Hakuyo Maru to St. Paul Island, and setting forth a further explanation of the reasons therefor.

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In view of the explanation set forth in the Japanese Ambassador’s note of May 22, the competent authorities of this Government have reconsidered the matter and now find it agreeable for the Hahuyo Maru to visit St. Paul Island between July 12 and July 13, 1937. The necessary action has been taken to extend the customary courtesies and facilities to the vessel. In granting permission for the visit in question this Government desires that it be understood that this action is not to be considered a precedent.