The Ambassador in France (Bullitt) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 9.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s telegram No. 15 of January 6, 5 P.M.,4 adverting to an exchange of notes between the British and French Governments regarding aerial navigation in the Antarctic and communicating the text of a note to be addressed by the Embassy to the Foreign Office reserving the rights of the United States or its citizens with respect to the question of aerial navigation in the Antarctic as well as to those questions of territorial sovereignty implicit therein.
As directed by the Department, a note was addressed by the Chargé d’Affaires ad interim to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on January 7, 1939, and the Embassy has now received a note in response (dated February 21, 1939), copies and a translation of which are attached, in which, it will be observed, the claim of the French Government to Adélie Land is set forth.
With respect to the reference in the third paragraph of Page 2 of the enclosed copy of note to information as to the French claim communicated to Mr. Sheldon Whitehouse (at that time Chargé d’Affaires a. i.) on December 9, 1924, the Embassy has the honor to invite attention to the Department’s instruction No. 1209 of November 15, 1924, and the Embassy’s answering despatch of December 19, 1924, copies of which (together with a copy of an informal, undated memorandum from the Foreign Office, also appearing in the 1924 files) are likewise attached to the present despatch.5
Counselor of Embassy