The Norwegian Minister (Morgenstierne) to the Secretary of State

Sir: Acting under instructions from my Government I have the honor to inform you that it has been decided to call an informal preliminary conference of experts in Oslo beginning on May 19th next in preparation for the Whaling Conference to be held in London in June this year.

My Government has requested me to convey to the Government of the United States an invitation to take part in such a preliminary conference and to express the hope that in the event of the invitation [Page 948] being accepted the American representatives to the conference may find it possible to be present in Oslo on the date mentioned.

I have further been instructed to inform you that in the opinion of the Norwegian Government it would be desirable that no reference be made in the Press to the said preliminary conference in Oslo.

Accept [etc.]

W. Morgenstierne