The Norwegian Minister (Morgenstierne) to the Secretary of State
Mr. Secretary of State: Pursuant to orders from my Government, I have the honor to bring the following to Your Excellency’s knowledge:
By a Royal Decree of January 14 of this year there was placed under the sovereignty of Norway the part of the coast of the Antarctic continent which stretches from the boundary of the “Falklands Island Dependencies” on the west (boundary of “Coats Land”) to the boundary of “Australian Antarctic Dependency” on the east (45 Degrees East Longitude) with the territory situated within the said coast and with the adjacent waters.
The Ministry of Justice has been authorized to take the necessary steps concerning the exercise of the police authority in this region.
Please accept [etc.]