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I 7 j", LA,'.14-"*.K.'444. 1 '1, r ADDAMS, OFFICIAL CoMMUNICATIONS TO S.T.CR ETARY OF STATE WASH/NOTON. D. http://fraser.stlouisfed.org/ _ Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Cc. DEPARTMENT OF STATE In reply refer to -) CZPI,C2N WASHINGTON Di 093. 732/3 't!'7tiv-13. 1:r. Benjamin Strong , Governor, Federal Reserve Bank, 1C'410 0 , _st 3\-119 "19 , / ' Zc3Y' kla 2 1 11 New York City. Sir The Deyar tmen t advises yon of the receipt, through the Consul Gen eral of :,.lont enegro at New York, of a diploma stating that the Third Class of the Order of Prince Danilo the First, instituted for the ind e-cendence of Montenegro , has been conferred on you "in acknov,ledgment of the distinct services you have rendered to the Montenegrin People." ar tmen t inf cum s you that, in view of t he provision co nta ined in Article I,Section 9 , of the Constitution of the United. The D State s tht TO Person ho ldi w any Office of Profit or Trust" under- the United State s "shall, v:ith out the Consent of the Congress, ac oes-ot of any :gce son t, Eraolument , Office, or Title, . of any kind whatever, from m any King, Prince, or foreign State", the De-o2 rtment is cons trained toretain- in its custody the diploma, and any decoration which nay be received for you in this connection, until such time as the Congress of the United State s shall authorize it s acceptance, or during, your continuance int he Government Service. 2. I an, Six, obe di out servo nt For the Acting Secretary of State a, Second Htev-r. eti ' JUN- 2 Kiq ssistan t Secretary. Li BRA Ry MAY 2 1 1919 FEDERAL RESERVE BANK Your Reference: pi 093.732L.5. Lay 2X, 1919. Sir: / ,/ I have the honer to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of Ilay 13th in relation to the diploma conferred upon me by the Government of Montenegro. Prom the last paragraph of your letter I gather that you have misunderstood the situation in regard to my office with this bank. I am not an officer of our Government, nor is the Bank owned by the Government, simply operating under a Government charter as do the national banks. I receive no emolument from the Government, nor do I hold any office or title of any kind in the Government of the United States. I would, ,therefore, appreciate the courteay of delivery of the document handed to the Department by the consul General of \\ Lontenegro at Nev York. I beg to remain, Respectfully, Eonorable Alvey A. 4dee Second Assistalary 01 State, Washington, D. G. 33 ZSB 4:;) L444,44.41- ADDRESS OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, WASHINGTON. O. C. DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON 14. SEP X4 septenix144.1-91 1914 SP 2 1914 REFERRED TO OFFI CE My dear Mr. Strong: In reply to your letter of the 15th it will give me a great deal of pleasure to see Mr. Joseph P. Day, Chairman of the Sub-committee of the London Relief Committee and who was in charge of tmnsportation matters and I feel sure that the Secretary would also be glad to see him. Your letter of the 21st reached me this morning and I hasten to say that 'the Secretary has been absent from the city for some days but will return tomorrow morning according to our present information and I will then bring your letter to his attention and ascertain whether he can make an appointment to see Mr. Day. I shall, of course, promptly notify you of the result. - Very sincerely yours, Benj. Strong, Jr., RECEIVET President, Bankers Trust Company, SEp 23 16 Wall Street, Hew York City. FE-LL ; 25 f. AE^RESS OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, WASHINGTON, D. C. DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON September 25 1914. ire SEP 2 6 1.914 REFERRED TO OFFI CE My dear Mr. Strong: Replying to your note of the 24th in regard to the 1 "7( possible appointment of Mr. Day with the Secretary, I think you aught to know that the Secretary came back for a day only and returned at once to North Carolina, so that there no opportunity to make an appointment thus far. has been He is expected to return next week, however, and I will then ta1e. the matter up with him. Very sincerely yours, Benj. Strong, jr., Esquire, President,'Bankors Trust Company, 16 Wall Street, New York City. POSTAL TELEGRAPH - COMMERCIAL CABLES cieye. CLARENCE H. MACKAY, PRESIDENT. 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In any event the Company shall not be liable for damages for any mistakes or delays in the transmission or delivery, or for the non-deliveryof this telegram, whether caused by the negligence of its servants or otherwise, beyond fifty times the REPEATED telegram rate, at which amount this telegram, if sent as a REPEATED telegram, is hereby valued, unless a greater value is stated in writing hereon at the time the telegram is offered to the Company for transmission, and an additional sum paid or agreed to be paid based on such value equal to one-tenth of one per cent. thereof. The Company is hereby made the agent of the sender, without liability, to forward this telegram over the lines of any other Company when necessary to reach its destination. Messages will be delivered free within the established free delivery limits of the terminal office. For delivery at a greater distance a special charge will be maee to cover the cost of such delivery. No responsibility regarding messages attaches to this Company until the same are presented and accepted at one of its transmitting offices; and if any message Is sent to such office by one of this Company's messengers, he acts as the agent of the sender for the purpose of delivering the message and any notice or instructions regarding it to the Company's agent in its said office. The Company shall not be liable for damages or statutory penalties in any case where the claim is not presented in writing within sixty days after the telegram is filed with the Company for transmission. The above terms and conditions shall be binding upon the receiver as well as the sender of this telegram. NO EMPLOYEE OF THIS COMPANY IS AUTHORIZED TO VARY THE FOREGOING. CHARLES C. ADAMS, VICE-PRESIDENT. CLARENCE H. MACKAY, PRESIDENT EDWARD REYNOLDS, VICE-PRES. AND GENERAL MANAGER k CHARLES P. BRUCH, VIGE.PRESIDENT. ADDRESS OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE, WASHINGTON. H. C. DEPARTMENT OF STATE WAS October 1, 19141<EL. ( OCT Dear Mr.Mr. Strong: I am just in receipt of your letter of the 30th of September in which you inform me that you did not receive my telegram in time for Mr. Day to came to Washington to see the Secretary. If Mr. Day can cane to Washington Wednesday morning of next week I feel sure the Secretary will be able to see him then. Very sincerely yours, Benj. Strong, jr., Esquire, President, Bankers Trust Company, 16 Wall Street, Eew York City. 3 1914 REFERRED TO ADDRESS OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS TO t CTHE SECRETARY OF STATE. WASHINGTON, D O -p DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON Uctoll:t6,Alf914. tif." 0U My dear Mx. Strong: 7 1914 On the fifteenth of September you sent me a volume containing copies of correspondence, telegrams and messages relating to the gold fund shipped to Europe. The collection has proved of great interest and of real service in enabling me to understand many things which were never clear because my connection with the relief work in Europe did not begin until after many things had been done. am now returning the correspondence herewith and thank you for the courtesy you did me in letting me have the use of it for a tili.e. Now that the pressure of relief measures has somewhat subsided and i have a moment for a personal note i want to thank you for your encouraging message some time ago. it is most gratifying to have you say that i was of the least help in the task which you so generously undertook Of guiding us through the work which was so suddenly thrown upon the Government. dithout you i feel that the story of the Govern- ment relief measures would have been far less creditable and i personally feel deeply grateful for all that you were good enough to do and i am sure the Secretary has.the,Same feeling of appreciation. i4r only regret is that we could not have profited to a greater degree by your *or advice and escaped some of the unnecessary work which you foresaw and which i fear will continue to plague us for some time to cane. On the whole, however, everything has turned out rather well in view of all the difficulties that were encountered. Permit me to offer a word of congratulation upon your selection as head of the Vederal kieserve bank in Lew fork.. 'J2he Government is indeed fortunate in having been able to induce you to give your abili- ties to public instead of private interests. days ago, it is encouraging that this s I wrote Lir. Olds some administration should have been so unusually successful in obtaining the services of men so eminently fitted for the very With renewed important thanks new work which it has undertaken. for your courtesy and assistance and with kindest regards, I am, Yours sincerely, iiirector of the Uonsular ervice. Uorrespondence relating to gold fund shipped to falrope. benjamin 1. trong, liankers Trust Uompany 16 dell street iew fork, lAew fork. A. ear - WW1 1 41. 4*-1 TELEGRAMS we- IP * Alk August 3: Telegram to Hon. W. G. McAdoo, Secretary of Treasury, from Benjamin Strong, Jr. Will meet Mr. Lansing, State Department, Metropolitan Club, Washington, nine o'clock tonight regarding arrangement for foreign travelers I discussed with you. appreciate your assistance. Can you join us there or have a representative? Must return on midnight train. Please wire answer. Would v August 3: Telegram from George R. Cooksey, Private Secretary, Washington, D. C., to Benjamin Strong, Jr. Secretary McAdoo now enroute to Washington from New York. Will place your telegram before him upon arrival about three thirty. August 4: Telegram to Hon. W. J. Bryan, Secretary of the State, Washington, D. C., from Benjamin Strong, Jr. We have received cable advice from Germany that Baroness von Romberg payment has been made. We greatly appreciate your assistance. August 4: Telegram from W. G. McAdoo, Washington, D. C., to Benjamin Strong, Jr., C/o C. S. Hamlin, Sub-Treasury, New York. Your telegram received. The President sent a special message to the Congress at two o'clock asking for an appropriation of two and one-half millions of dollars for the relief, protection and transportation of American citizens in Europe, and for the power to use such of the vessels, officials and officers of the Government as he may determine, and to take all necessary measures to accomplish said purpose. The money is to be used not only for the relief of the destitute, but in the form of advances to citizens who may reimburse the Government on return. Until Congress makes the appropriation and grants this power, it is impossible for me to advise you about fiscal agencies and other points in your letter, but the President will, I am sure, authorize the ap pointment of such agents when he has the power. I see no reason why bankers should not receive from individuals deposits of gold for transmission at shipper's risk. Our send the money in one of our naval vessels. We h action by the Congress. The Secretary of State and I are going before the Appropriations Committee of the Senate at four o'clock this afternoon, and shall appear before the Appropriations Committee of the house tomorrow morning at half past ten. their August 5: Telegram to Adolph C. Miller, c/o Treasury Department, Washington, D. C., from institutions mentioned below. The five million gold shipment contributed by ten institutions sending this telegram never intended to be limited to cash travelers' credits issued only by such ten institutions, but always intended and will be shipped only for relief use in cashing to extent immediate needs of tourists holding travecredits in form either of Letters of Credit or Travelers' Cheques issued by any American bank, banker or concern. Validity of credit and goodness of drawer to be established in manner customary to such transactions tnrough O. K. of foreign lers' drayeee of such credits. (National City Bank.) Farmers Loan and Trust Co. Brown Brothers and Co. Guaranty Trust CO. Kidder, Peabody & Co. National Bank of Commerce. American Express Co. Bankers Trust Co. J. P. Morgan & Co. First National Bank. August 5: Telegram to Hon. W. G. McAdoo, Seoretary of Treasury, Washington, D. C., from Benjamin Strong, Jr. Personal intimations have just reached me that word has been received in Washington of lack of harmony respecting gold shipment or appointment in connection with handling same. There is absolutely no foundation for this report so far as I know. The gold is being shipped by ten institutions and firma who are in entire harmony in this effort to protect all Americans holding Letters of Credit, no matter by whom issued. The gold will be used for the benefit of all responsible users of Travelers' credits through such agencies as may be employed, and the recommendations which have gone to Washington from our committee are the names recommended by the ten firms or institutions contributing. It occurs to me to suggest to you personally that if there should be any question on the part of anybody as to whom the consignee should be, I want you to feel perfectly free to eliminate our name, if you desire to do so. What we want to do is to insure that the shipment is made to responsible people who have facilities to conduct the business. ' August 6: Telegram from W. G. McAdoo to Benjamin Strong, Jr. Your telegram received; also telegram signed by Farmers Loan and Trust Co., Brown Brothers and Co., Guaranty Trust Co., Kidder, Peabody & Co., National Bank of Commerce, American Express Company, J. P. Morgan & Co., First National Bank, Bankers Trust Co. Also telephone message from Irving S. Olds to Doctor Miller. It is not the purpose to receive deposits for shipment on the Tennessee from any other than bankers' committee, and all inquiries from other bankers than your committee have been referred to you. August 10: Brooklyn Navy Yard telephoned that they had received a wireless from Secretary Breckenridge on board the Tennessee, asking for a complete list of issuers of Travelers' Cheques and Letters of Credit. We telephoned the Navy Yard, stating that we could only supply them with a partial list, and advising them that a complete list could be obtained from kr. Fred I. Kent, C/o Hotel Waldorf, Aldwych Street, London, and instructed them to send a message to Secretary Breckenridge on board the Tennessee, requesting him to send a wireless to Mr. Kent, informing Mr. Kent of the port of arrival, so as to enable the London Committee to make full and complete arrangements for the immediate transfer of the gold to London - which -3- message was confirmed over Yard. the wire by the Brooklyn Navy August 11: Telegram from W. G. McAdoo to Benjamin Strong, Jr. Please telegraph me the names of the gentlemen to wham you advise that invitations be extended as members of the proposed committee referred to in my August eighth. letter of August 11: Telegram to Hon. W. G. McAdoo, signed Benjamin Strong, Secretary of the Treasury, Jr. Suggest inviting Max May, of Guaranty Trust Company; John E. Gardin, of National City Bank; Henry Ickelheimer of Heidelbach, Ickelheimer & Co., Adolph Pavenstedt of G. Amsinck & Co., all members of committee of New York bankers now engaged in investigating foreign exchange situation; also James Brown of Brown Brothers. August 11: Telegram to Hon. W. G. McAdoo, Secretary of the Treasury, from Benjamin Strong, Jr. Referring my previous wire, suggest inviting William I. Benedict, of Kidder, Peabody & Company, New York, on account of their important foreign connections. 14August 11: Telegram from W. G. McAdoo to Benjamin Strong, Jr. Have invited representatives of the firms you suggest. Thanks. August 13: Telegram from W. G. McAdoo to Benjamin Strong, Jr. It was the distinct understanding that the bankers in New York represented by you should take care of American travelers in E`airope holding unexhausted Letters of Credit, en4 to enable you to get funds to them, you were permitted to send a committee on board the Tennessee and also to have transported free of cost three million dollars of gold for this purpose. It was understood that the government would advance money to take care of American citizens in Europe, who had exhausted their Letters of Credit and had no other available means. For this purpose one million, five hundred thousand dollars of gold was sent on the Tennessee in charge of Treasury agents. Since that time requests have come from several of the embassies to have funds transferred to them by cable. This has been done in the ease of London, Paris, Rome and Berne, Switzerland, the government having agreed reimburse the banks making such advances out of the gold shipped on the Tennessee. It now transpires that many Americans holding unexhausted Letters of Credit are seeking and have secured from our embassies advances on such Letters or Travelers' Cheques. I am consenting that this be done upon the condition only that all such advances against Letters of Credit or Travelers' Cheques shall be repaid to the American Embassadors out of the bankers' funds now on board the Tennessee immediately upon the arrival in Urope, or through any other means available to the bankers. Unless this is done, the Treasury funds will be exhausted in making advances upon bankers' Letters of Credit, and will net be available -4- for the relief of destitute Americans. Congress made the appropriation for the relief of destitute Americans only. Today I have a request from the State Department that we place one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars to the credit of the White Star Line in Naples, to be advanced against letters of Credit or Travelers' Cheques. I cannot sanction this payment to the White Star Line except upon the express condition that the bankers will reimburse the Treasurer immediately upon arrival in Europe for all advances made by the White Star Line upon Letters of Credit or Travelers' Cheques, or that the bankers reimburse the Treasurer promptly through some other available channels. I understood also that kessrs. Morgan, Harjes and Company, Paris, had been put in possession of three million dollars of gold for the purpose of oaring for American travelers holding Letters of Credit and Travelers' Cheques. It does not seem to me necessary that the government funds should be drawn upon to protect obligations of the bankers, unless it may be until the Tennessee arrives in Etarope. It is most Important to keep this distinction in mind, and to have complete understanding on this point. Good deal of confusion exists in State Department on this subject, and I want to have it clarified without delay. Please let me hear from you promptly. - 89011. I -,, Seel tV APOW00.10* SNMar". Tube. -1 *Mk ORAO. Ae..imIL # . 4 ,, '''N -r* arm I ill. I t d .1 I : lk a 1.-._ - 40 siier,.. 4m/11 imbill .1 mi. i MIN Or. ION dillif. triii - slop. ,, ill 1 p lik alit.m. 1 mak illic, ipipediript agh. 4rcizi ili .... lir 4110,110ft, se sitsi144--- 1 . i 1*__ IL illii it OPP i 't Ma w t a MISCELLANEOUS CABLEGRAMS iss dir ()August 5: Cablegram to Ambassador Page, London, from Secretary of State. Congress today appropriated 42,500,000 to make advances to American travelers in Europe in need of assiotance. F. I. Kent, Vice-President Bankers Trust Co. of New York, at Hotel Savoy, London, has cabled that 4300,000 is needed immediately to relieve Americans on the Continent who are in great distress. The Secretary of the Treasury is sending you by cruiser Tennessee, sailing August sixth, 4300,000 in gold. Please advise Kent of this fact, whereupon he will arrange to place 4300,000 to your credit and make it immediately available for relief purposes. Confer at once with Kent and with any American Relief Committee that may be organized in London, or if you think wise, organize such a committee if none exists and take all such steps as quickly as possible to extend relief to American citizens in England or on the Continent who need it, arranging, if you find it necessary, to dispatch a ship from an English port to some port on the Continent for this purpose on such terms as you think the circumstances justify. it is highly important to make the most effective possible use of these funds. You may employ such additional clerical or other assistance as you may require to carry on this work and pay the same out of this fund. You should take from every one to whom advances are made an obligation to reimburse the Government as soon as possible. Please cable fully and as frequently as possible the steps you take. For your information 41,200,000 additional will go on the Tennessee, to be disbursed under direction of Government representatives who accompany the ship. August 9: Cablegram J. Bryan. to American Legation, Berne, Switzerland, from W. Yours August 5th 7 P. M. Treasury will deposit tomorrow 450,000 in gold with National City Bank, New York, to your credit in Banque Nationale Suisse. You will use the money for necessary relief and protection American citizens, taking from each person, on behalf of whom disbursements are made, a signed receipt, agreeing to reimburse the Treasurer of the United States for the amount, to take the first available means of transportation to the United States, and giving their permanent American address. Secure reimbursement of advances by assignment of Letters of Credit, Travelers' Cheques or other money demands, or in any way practicable. Where no security is possible, necessary advances may be made on receipt and personal obligation to reimburse. You will submit account to Secretary of State for all amounts so advanced, supported by obligations and securities to be delivered to the Treasury Department with report. Notify consuls and delegate authorities to them use part of this fund in your discretion, but in strict accordance with foregoing instructions. For better co-ordination direct them to address their communications regarding relief and transportation to the Legation instead of the Department, except answers to specific instructions and reports on individuals. Uae every precaution to guard against imposition. -2- August 10: The reply to cablegram to American Legation, Berne, Switzerland, stated that it would not be satisfactory to have the credit opened up to the American Ambassador, but it must be a credit to the Banque Nationale Suisse, and that has been done. August 12: Cablegram received by D. P. Kingsley, President, Lew York Life Insurance Co., New York, signed Grow, dated August 11. Your cable received today saying Washington has arranged for payment of American Bankers checks through Ambassador Page. Your information not correct. I have seen Ambassador, Government Officials and Bankers. Currency famine here. Only way for us to realize is described my cable August seventh. Have Secretary of State cable Ambassador Page guaranteeing through Ambassador that United States Government will repay Bank of Italy one million Lire, and we can get that amount immediately, and more later same way, if needed. Ambassador will draw money and appoint fiscal agents such as American Express Company or Thomas Cook and Son to disburse fund, take securities and render account to our Government. We have twenty-five thousand dollars from Washington now, but this is devoted to relief. We need Italian money for Americans holding American Travelers' securities. Most people here can help themselves if my suggestion followed to the letter at once. Cable should be to Ambassador and read: "United States authorize Ambassador Pelson Page to draw one million Lire from Bank of Italy and guarantees repayment to Bank of Italy. Signed Bryan, Secretary of State." August 15: Cablegram to Government's representative at Lisbon from State Department, Washington. kuller, Schaal & Co., New York, are cabling equivalent of two thousand dollars for your credit through Durnay. Please apply at once for money, cabling confirmation of receipt to State Department. You will use this money for necessary relief and protection destitute American citizens, taking from each person on behalf of whom disbursements are made a signed receipt agreeing to reimburse Treasurer of the United States for the amount, to take the first available means of transportation to the United States and giving their permanent American address. You will submit account to Secretary of State for all amounts so advanced, supported by receipts and securities for delivery to Treasury Department with report. Use every precaution to guard against tmposition. Any further funds required for relief work to be arranged by cabling direct to Ambassador Page, London, who is disbursing fund of gold shipped by cruiser Tennessee in cooperation with Fred I. Kent, Waldorf Hotel, London, Chairman London Relief Committee. If credit required for cashing Travelers' Cheques and credits, arrange by cabling direct to London relief committee and Ambassador Page, London, who will give instructions as to manner accounting and settlement. Please report this department amounts of advances arranged through Ambassador Page. -3- August 1E: Cablegram to Government's representatives at Madrid, Stockholm and Copenhagen from State Department, Washington. United_ States authorities guarantee of your drafts for equivalent 4 . You will use this money for necessary relief and protection American citizens, taking from each person on behalf of whom disbursements are made, a signed receipt agreeing to reimburse Treasurer of United States for the amount, to take the first available means of transportation to the United States and giving their permanent American address. You will submit account to Secretary of State for all amounts so advanced, supported by receipts and securities for delivery to Treasury Department with report. Notify consuls and delegate authority to them to use part of this fund in your discretion, but in strict accordance with the foregoing instructions. For better coordination direct them to address their communications regarding relief and transportation to the Legation instead of the Department, except answers to specific instructions and reports on individuals. Use every precaution to guard against imposition. Ambassador Page, London, and F. I. Kent, Waldorf Hotel, London, Chairman London Relief Committee, are in charge disbursement of gold shipped by cruiser Tennessee. Arrangements for reimbursement of above credit, also applications for further funds for relief work or to secure payment on Travelers' Cheques and credits should be made direct to London Relief Committee. August 15: Cablegram to(AmericanZmbassy) Thomas Nelson Page, Rome, from State Department. You are authorized to arrange for advance by Bank of Italy of one million Lire to be expended by American Express or Cooks in cashing Travelers' Cheques and Letters of Credit for Americans, giving guaranty of Government for repayment to bank. The American Ambassador, London, will hold equivalent amount in gold out of shipment by New York bankers to secure government for guaranty, and you are directed range for delivery of an account with paid checks and documents to him for settlement with London Committee, F. I. Kent, Waldorf Hotel, Chairman. London Committee will advise you of each credit arranged by them and give details about accounting. Reimbursement of expenditures out of twentyfive thousand credit already arranged should be made through Ambassador Page, London, out af Government funds shipped on cruiser Tennessee. to ar- August 15: Cablegram to Consul General, Naples, from State Department. You are authorized upon request of Ambassador Page, London, to arrange through White Star Line for a credit from Banes Commerciale Italiana of one hundred twenty-five thousand dollars, giving Government guarantee therefor to be di bursed through agent to be appointed by London EMbassy in advances to Americans on Travelers' Cheques and Letters of Credit. London Embassy will furnish you full particulars method of handling checks and account and will hold like amount of gold to secure Government for guaranty. Convey this cable to London EMbaasy and aak for detailed directions. -4- C August 15: Cablegram received at Washington from Berlin, via Copenhagen, addressed to Secretary of State, Washington. Answering yours ninth, Germany will allow entrance "Tennessee" with gold. Is allowing Americans to leave as fast as train service restored. If Germany blackades any coast will allow Americans to leave. If you pay German Embassy, Washington, 100,000 gold will pay Embassy here corresponding amount in gold, providing you approve proposed rate of exchange of four Marks nineteen three quarters equalling one dollar. Deutsche Bank will give me credit up to five million Marks, provided United States Government deposits equal sum with its correGerard, Berlin. spondents New York. (Signed) August 17: Cablegram from Bankers Committee, Falmouth, to Benjamin Strong, Jr. English Committee instructs gold shall not leave Tennessee without insurance covering from ship to Bank of England. Commanding Officer Tennessee demands receipt on deck before delivery gold to be lightered by what we consider adequate ships launch to Falmouth transhipped by American Express Do policies cover to Bank of England? to Bank of England. Reply by cable Tennessee Falmouth quickly, as responsibility has been placed on us. August 17: Cablegram to Bankers Committee on board U. S. Cruiser Tennessee, Falmouth, England, from Benjamin Strong, Jr. Cablegram received. Gold insured to place of delivery in London. August 18: Cablegram from Grier and Gibson, Falmouth, to Mr. Strong. Gold goes to London tonight, arriving there Tuesday morning. August 18: Cablegram from American committee, Switzerland, from Berne, addressed to National City Bank, Bankers Trust, Guaranty Trust, Brown Bros., New York. The sending of a collective telegram by New York's important banks, or the addressing of the Banque Nationale Suisse, Berne, by the,Vational City Bank, will materially better the situation of Americans in all Switzerland to obtain money from Swiss banks. This cable should give assurance that the drafts against Letters of Credit will be paid directly in New York, instead of passing through London, against deposits of gold in New York. We recommend taking urgent steps and immediate action. August 18: Cablegram to American committee, Berne, Switzerland, from Benj. Strong, Jr., Chairman New York Bankers' Committee, representing institutions addressed and others. Answering your cablegram National City Bank, Bankers Trust, Guaranty Trust, Brown Bros. (stop) Understand London Committee arranged credit twenty thousand Pounds Sterling with Swiss Bankverein for cashing Travelers' Cheques. United States Government deposited fifty thousand dollars gold with National City Bank for credit Banque Nationale Suisse for similar purpose. Does your cable just received mean that additional credits are required against guarantee of repayment in gold in New York, and if so, how much? January 10th, 1916. TIy dear Mr. Carr: I am planning to sail for Europe on the"Retterdam" on February 1st and would like to be furnished with such passports and other credentials as will ensure 14 reaching London and Paris with a minimum of difficulty. May I trouble you to advise me just what course it would be best for re t'r) pursue in getting suitable credentials? The British Ambassador, whom I know, would, I am sure, be very glad to give me a letter U itwould be worth While, but of course, I do not like to trouble him, with no particular object in doing so. I expect to be in ashington next week or the week fol- lowing and will stop to see you with reference to any arrangements that are necessary. Thanking you in anticipation and with best wishes for the New Year, I am,, Sincerely yours, Wilbur J. Carr, Esq., State Department, Washington, D. C. BS Jr/7CM THE DIRECTOR OF THE CONSULAR SERVICE DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON 44, January 11, 1915. frit ; y dear 1.1t. Strong: In reply to your letter of the 10th of January, I beg to say that I think the best course will be for you to bring with you when you come to Washington three small photographs of yourself, about 3" x 3",and go direct to the Citizenship Bureau of this Department and have your passport issued. Inasmuch as you are going to London and Paris, both cities being in ally territory, you will encounter no difficulty in obtaining a passport. I am having a suitable letter of introduction issued in your behalf to the Diplomatic and Consular Officers of the United States and will send you also personal letters of my own to our Consul at Liverpool and to the Ambassador and Consul General in Paris. I take it that you know' our Embassy in London sufficiently to make letters of introduction unnecessary. If by any chance you should fail to come to Washington you can get your passport at No. 2 Rector Street where we have a Special Agent of this Department stationed. Hoping to see you when you come to Washington and with all good wishes, I am, Yours sincerely, Benjamin Strong, jr., Esquire, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York City. 3 THE DIRECTOR OF THE CONSULAR SERVICE DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON January 11, 1915. (.1 .1Ty dear U. Washington: It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you Lir. Benjamin Strong, jr., Governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, who is about to visit England. that you i11 be glad to make the acquaintance of Mr. Strong and will extend to him every courtesy consistent with your official duties. With many thanks for whatever you may do for him, I am, Yours faithfully, Horace Lee Washington, Esquire, American Consul, Liverpool, England. January 14th, 1916. dear Mr. Carr: There is a slight possibility that I may find it desirable to go to Holland and I am writing to ask if you could make arrangements for MD to get passports to Rolland, also. I shall be in -c:ashington most of next week mid will look you up at your office. 'Ath kindest regards, I beg to remain, Very truly y..lurs, Wilbur J. Oarr,'Es, ataue Department, Washington, P. C. BS Jr/Win THE DIREC1OR OF THE CONSULAR SERVICE DI-PARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON January 15, 1916. My dear Mr. Strong: I am just in receipt of your letter of the 14th of January and in reply beg to say that I believe there will be no difficulty in having Holland included // in your passport as one of/the countries you wish to visit on your trip to,Angland and Fmrce. I shall be in 1 office every day next week and shall/be vary glad to see you at any time you may find it convenient to call. Very sincerely yours, Benjamin Strong, jr., /Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York City. January 17th, 1916. rear 'Ir. Carr: I am very grateful to ;DU indeed for your courtesy in the matter of my passports and partftularly in furnishing no with letters to our Consuls at Liver- pool and Paris and for the Secretary's letter addressed to AMbassador Sharp. Thile I have not had the plesure of meeting Ambassndor 'age, I think it is safe to say that we are pretty well known to each other after the exChange of ca- bles a year ago last August and September, and I shall take the first opportunity of calling at the ?mbassy on arriving in London. If possible, I will bring suitable p4otographs with mo to "fashinaton to-morrow, but if unable to get them in ti, I will have solne taken in Washington, as T expect bo be there all the week. ith kindest regards, And again thanking you for your assistance which is very much appreciated, I am, Sincerely yours, Hon. Wilbur J. Carr, Department of State, Washington, D. C. annPry 25th, 1916. Zy dear r. Carr: In an endeavor to comply with the request for birth certificates in connection, with ny pass- ports, I have written to such authorities as might be able to furnish them and am attaching their re- plies hereto. Very truly yours, Hon. ilbur J. Carr, L;ate Department, 2 Rector Street, York city. 7CM Yebruqry 27th, 1916. My dear Yr. Carr: I have decided to take a secretn.ry with me and fearing the possibility of delay in getting his passports in tin, I -m saading him to you with this letter of introduction. one of 31e is . D. 3urrell, who was for many years boys over at the ?ankers '2rust Company, anti I can vouch for him in every way, He will, o: course, nee3 a passport ambling' him to go to -ngland, France and Holland, the same ;,11 mine, and he should be entered as traveling au my secretary. Theaotterdam" arils at six o'clock on Wednesday nextwhie will mot give him very much tine to have his passport vised by the French Consul Coneral and on that account, I will agnin trouble you to help me out. -ith kAndest regards and thanking you in anticipa- tion, I am, Very truly ymnrs, Honorable Wilbur J. Carr, State Department, Washington, D. C. BS Jr/VC2 -444-1-1 tart, Dear Prather: With reference to the departure of Ambassador Garrett from Holland, I would appreciate it if you would write him a let ter stating that I expect to visit Holland soon for the purpose of consultiac; with the heads of various financial institutions on importmt business connected with the Tressnry Department, and that you have given me a letter to him. ,It might also be well to add in your letter to the sador that, in case of his absence at the time of my arrival, 'nfbas you would appreciate his 'aumnging with some subordinate to facilitate the transaction of my business ar much as -possible, Yours sincerely, Qn. Henry P. Flatampv Depxtment of State, Washington, C. 4 //9. 10 JO" SSV June 3O, 1919. Dear 4,2440.1:4, Many thanks for your note of the twentyseventh and for the letters of introduction, which will be of great service anA are just what I wanted. eaithfully yours, Honorable Henry P. Pletcher, Department of ',Mate, Washington, D. J. 13S/113B 41 ODRESS OFFICIAL. COMMUNICATIONS TO SECRETARY OF STATE LIBRARY WASHINGTON. D. C. JUL 1 1919 DEPARTMENT OF STATE WAStifIlibittAL RESERVE BANK Zane 27, 1219. Benjamin Strong, Require, JUN301919 President of Federal Reserve Bank, 18 Wall Street, Nem York City. Dear Ben: I enclose the letters you &eked for, and in ease you need any other help while in Europe, if you oable me telegraphic instructions will be sent immediately. Sincerely, Geee,, October 1, 1i2b My cesr Joe: It is very kind of you toa.,\ocommodate me by sendins ,.-ne enclosed packa, s to Gilbert by the pouch. 1 rarely h4vo occasion to a.e ouch a favor, but circumstances seem to justify it and it will be appreciated by Gilbert, as it i by me. ted to remain Sincerely yourb, ' onortble Joseph U.'6rew, Under Secretary or State, hiwton, D. C. (Dictated, but si6ned for Mr. Stron) THE UNDERSECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON October 2, 1925. OA. (61,1,c --Ms 6 My dear Ben: I wish to acknowledge your letter of yesterday and to say that the envelope addressed to Mr. Gilbert has been sent by pouch to the Embassy at Berlin with the request that it be delivered by hand. With kind regards, Sincerely yours, Honorable Benjamin Strong, 33 Liberty Street, New York City. October F, dehr Joe: Thuak you for your note of yestotdAy, hnd for hrrhnging to aen d the phckage to Gilbert by 6te Pouch for hhad delivery. it SCOL166 aeceabary i I ht e to bothe'c you, but t,ME4 inAnace. My kyc et reghrde to you, eAd hlwaye Sincerely youra, doeorRble Joeeph C. Creki, The Cddersecretary of 3tate, Shahington, L. 0. A441 " oeft, 4 Office of Third Assistant Secretary DEPARTMENT OF STATE - WASHIEGTON July 31, 1916. Dear Mr. Strong: have your letter of the 26th instant inclosing a note addressed to Ambassador Page, who is now en route to the United States. In reply I hasten to advise you that the communication is being held pending his arrival In Washington, With kindest regards, Sincerely yours, [William Phillips] Benjamin Strong, Esq., Estes Park, Colorado. - Denver, Colorado February 26-VAL7V PERSONAL. My dear Phillips: With this I am enclosing a letter to Badil Miles, answering one just received, Which I am again forwarding to you to go in the tesy in that EMbassy Pouch, if not taking liberties regard. I have just come across a curl Library out here and am wondering Whether you have ate entitled - "The Supplies f Public little book in Of it. It is 4490450aw They Were Ob- tamed in Europe and How Huse, Major and Purchasing Agent, C.S.k, published rvin & Son, Boston. a rather brief and sketchy This little b covering a period of three or account of the expe four years While he was as Purchasing Agent abroad, under corn861 to 1864. mission from Jeffers Huse graduated pint, accepted an appointment as military r in a souther academy just before the outbreak of the war, resigned fr.: n accepted a Confederate commission and at once The interesting matter contained in went to Eur as Purchasing Agent. the book con ts of an account of the purchase of 100,000 rifles and 10 batteries of illery, consisting of 60 pieces, from the Austrian govern- ment which were delivered to him at the Governments Arsenal at Vienna, and subsequently deliverad via Hamburg and Bermuda, notwithstanding the protests of the United States Minister, Mr. Motley. Major Huse died quite recently but prior to his death he purchased a place and established a school of preparation for West Point somewhere To - Mr. Phillips. February 26, 1917. on the Hudson, near the Academy, and I first heard of him through a retired United States army officer, who knew him gate well in his West Point days and frequently talked with him of his experiences during the Civil War. I doubt if the book has much his or two places Where I am inclined to teal value an bt the accurac here are one the state- ments it contains, but it does threw an interesting this question of minitions it, you might be interest copy in the library in W had not seen Doubtless there is a ssibly I can arrange to have this one sent Hoping that you kindest regards, Al; worked to death and with I am, cerely yours, Will illips, Lsq., State De ment, Washington THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE WAS March 20, 1917. My dear Strong: I have your letter of February 26th enclosing a communication addressed to Basil Miles, which tent forward much more promptly than my acknowledgMent. I am interested in what you say Al.bout Major Huse's book, and I shall a glance through it. at the first opportunity take I am sure a co one of the many libraries in can be found in Washirigton, so you need not go to the trouble of having/ t sent to me from Denver. I think of you often, and I sincerely hope that you are fast regaini4g your health. The work .ere is very voluminous,; but it is of such tremenduous interest that we areiall bearing the strain wonderfully. With kinc;tst regard Sin Lenjamin Strong, Esq., 4100 rontview Blvd., Denver, Colorado. and best wishes, ely yours, Denver, Colorado, April 6, 1917. PalSONAL. My dear P184.108.40.206ps: I suppose in these days you are not only swamped with work, but me to add to your literally flooded with suggestions, and far be it troubles. There is, haaever, one matter which is very much in my mind and I am writing to you about it, prompted by our chat nearly a year ago in My visit to France in regard to conditions in France and Eng/and. March, 1916, convinced me that underlying the characteristic politeness and geniality of our French friends, there was a very deep feeling of sentiment in regard to the position which the United States Government had taken in _e none of us at home can realize regard to its neutrality. the extent of the aaful sacrifices which are being made by the French people, and, as I recall stating to you, the feeling: prevailed very strongly in France when I was there that they had their backs to the wall, facing an antagonist, by whom they might be time, and what they needed was help. overwhelmed at any . _ Now that this country is aligned with them, to do a great navies to thing for France. I an opportunity arises do not mean simply sending armies and help them fight, nor giving them money for war purposes. war must be conducted on a business basis and that The included financial arrangements, but if our country should make a large appropriation, haw large I should not assume to say, but unmistaKably a very large one, to 2. April 6, 1917. To - Hon. Wm. B. Phillips. be expended for all kinds of relief work, make it a gift to the Nation and as recognition of the fact that after 130 years, opportunity arises to discharge our debt to the French people, it would result in an imperishable friendship, which would be an asset to this country for all it time. Any such plan should be undertaken very promptly end, of course, would need to be done in a tactful way to avoid giving any offense. It seems to me that here is an opportunity to separate war and sentiment, to bring home to our awn people, as well as the French people, that we recognize that they have made the real material and personal sacrifices for democracy, which we have had no opportunity as yet to make, and that the people of this country are glad to take advantage of that inadequate means to help an old friend. You can understand how irksome it is to be out here literally marooned, when so much is going on and I doubt if I am able to stand it more than a few weeks longer, so . may see you in Washington probably by the early past of June. Deantime, if you and your associates in the government have any influence to promote a plan along the lines of the above suggestions, it will in my opinion be one of the finest things that can be done just now. With best regards, Very sincerely yours, Hon. William B. Phillips, Department of State Washington, D. C. P.S. I am enclosing a letter addressed to Ambassador Page, Which trust can be forwarded to him in the pouch. 1, 0o° THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON April 14, 1917. My dear Strong: Thank you very much for your letter of April 6th. I am exceedingly glad to have your suggestion regarding the gift to France, and I have communicated the substance of your letter to Governor Harding of the Federal Reserve Board who is now handling all matters relating to International Finance. This suggestion has been mentioned by other persons but I do not know the attitude,of the Reserve Board on the subject. I did not fail to forward your letter to Mr. Page as you requested. Iesuring you of my appreciation of your suggestion. Sine Benjamin Strong, Esquire, 4100 Montview Boulevard Denver, Colorado. ely yours, )0. -744: 7 June 7, 1919. LI BRAM( JUN 1 8 1919 Honorable Frank L. Polk, Department of State, Washington, D. C. FEDERAL RESERVE Dear Frank: Pay plans for sailing are materializing and I shall hope to be able to get away the latter part of this month. The trip contemplates taking me to England, France, Belgium and Holland, but probably not elsewhere. I shall apply for passports through the bureau at No. 2 Rector Street, New York City, for myself, Secretary and servant. If there are any means by Which the inconvenience of travel, examination of papers, etc., can be minimized for me during this trip, it will be a very great help. I would not suggest it except from consideration of health, which I must constantly take care of. Without asking for anything Which will be unreasonable or improper, if you feel able to cut any red tape for me, it will be very greatly appreciated. Sincerely yours, /d BAN,K. THE COUNSELOR FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON Li 13RA June 9, 1919. juN 1s iFiDEB30, Dear Ben: RESERNT - Bellying to your letter of June seventh, I will be only too glad to fix you up and will stretch a point for your secretary, but as far as the servant is concerned, there will be some difficulty. I refused a request from Jack Morgan to take a servant over and so far as I know, we have refused all requests for maids and servants, that is, where they are American citizens. There have been same cases Where maids and servants have gone over, but according to my information they were French or British, so we had nothing to do with their passports. If we could have something from the Federal Benjamin Strong, Require, Federal Reserve Bank, New York City. 1919 BANK Treasury 3ni 7ashi-Pet ittRiSs0( 8 1919 sTInie litmorable ?rant Port, Denartment of State, FED,ERNL ikESERVE Washington,, C. rear Pranit: :Many tian1s for your note of fnv the $th. Possibly I enould have explained more in detail the object of my trip and viny it seams desirablo to tase sone assistants ith me. Our Directors feel that the tine has arrived for the Sanszto got more inforfoation, ny direct ttquiry -1/. the gromos, -n to conditions abroad as was done in 1916 when I spent two anths in Bngland and Trani, l!nwthsraore, se have imprirtort relations with the Bann of P4g1an4,and relations pending ulth the flans of France which have not Panctionsd became of nnrions war neasores, such as embargo on gold exports, control of foreign oxchaoge, etc. gan that the eSDargo on gold exports has boon lifted, it is quite possible tit tho relations between the Fedorni 3eservo Bank of -!7ew York ane. the 3srn of }SnSiand, oarticalarly, may becane active arid of nveat importance, and it seems necessary to dincuss the operation of onr agreement with then in some dotal as soon as possible. We are about: caneludinc, at the request of the Treasury De,artrannt, arrangaeont for the purchase of b10,000,000 marks gold from the Gomm Government, or the leichinntk in cooperation with the Food Commission, in connfetion with furnishing food to Germany. This gold, for the present, rust he left in Bo/gists-1 and Holland, and it seams desirable that I shonld go to 3rossele, Antnerp and Amstsrdan in order to deal with that matter on the ground. Other matters or less importance are pending Which soon to juntify this trip. Much of our business is of such a slnnt I do not feel justified in relying noonconfidential nature obtaining a reliable ..:retary and stonogradhsn abroad, an I an anxious to employ the nervices of a secretary who speaks and writes French, which explains the reason for ny request for a passport for a secretary. Am to a servant, I can probably get ono on the other side and would not consider tazIng ono from here were it not for the root, as you Imow, that I am obliged to t,Aks the utmost possible tnre of my health, and minimize ti u inconvenienoes and amnoyancos of travel, and partioularly avoid carrying any heavy luggage. The most newtons inconvenience is tbt oncounterod an the does in. Vineland, crossing th, Channel and at thi: railroad. stations, and. i: I were able to taire a compotent sorvaat with me, it mould relieve no of much of the hardahipe and uncomfortable trmvel oamditions, whioh, I believe, are still prevalent abroad, If it is contrary to the policy of the Deportm,mt to give passyorts ',;471 parsunal serv4mts, ?lease do not hositate to so 40vise ma, and I will rely u?on rotting someone on the other si4e. As I am now planninv, to sail an ths Faltie Juiyist, it will probably be deeirablo for mo to obtain ly passport. beforo leaving Wasblugton thistpeek, otherwise I llould not tronble so iOVISPI A persan as yoursolf. ibura very sinorely, Governor. LIBRNRi was]lin,P2ton. 1 U Vill9 , FEDERAL RE.SESkVE jnne 13, 1919. Honorable Prank L. Polk, .Lcting Socrotary uf State, Washington, D. C. Dear Freak: This is to thank you for your intorest and your courtesy in connection rith arrangomonts for rw trip abroad, yhich I doeply aolireciate. I knamyou understand that I dislike greatly asking :thing vihicA appears in any-2ay to be a favor or a special courtesy, but havinc had exparionce an my last trip abroad, knovr that delays, inconvonieneoz and avon hardships sometimes rosult unless tho path is smoothod out. Unfortunately my hoalth is not equal to a trip of this kind unless I can be protacted against hardships, especially imams waits, sometimes even in tho rain, such as I exporionced in 1916. I have arranged for 11r. Harold Vaudamm to go nith no as Socretary. He is a very competont linguist and stenographer, and early next seek I 'will arrane for him to came to Washington and get his passport himself, and will furnish him with a suitable letter for hie identification. With maw thanks, I an, Sineeroly yours, June 16. V: V,1) Ay dear erank: I am sorry to bother you again about passports, but you can doubtless pass this along to the proper person without much trouble to yourself. Mk. ?red I. Kent, Vice President of the Bankers Trust Company, who has been an Acting Deputy Governor for the eederal Reserve Bank of New York, and, at the same time, serving as Chief of the Division of iibreign ',exchange Control of the eederal deserve Board, deferred a trip to turope quite recently at the urgent reguest of 3earetary Glass, as it was felt that he was needed here in connection with Treasury These matters have now 1-een disposed of, and I find great aid to the work which is matters. that it will be of taking me to &.rope is he can go at He had been furnished with same' time. Department the regular passport the in con- nection with hie proposed trip, but, as he will be with me a part of the time, and possibly go with me to Belgium and Holland, I have taken the liberty of suggesting to him that he have his passport changed, if that can be done, so that he will be able to go somewhat as attached to my party. Ur. Kent will go to 71ashington this week and Make the application' in due course, but I object of his entirely am sending you this letter in advance to indicate the application for a change of passport, Which I hope will be satisfactory, aad meet with your own approval. Don't work too hard during this hot weather: Sincerely yours, aenorable .?rank L. Polk, Acting secretary of tate, Washington, D. G. BJ/MSB (over) 4 1111111111111W P. S. Honorable ?ranx L. Polk If there is alw way in which I can be of service to you in connection with my trip abroad, won't you please command me? 133/11321 6/16/19. ',MESS OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS TO TH, SECRETARY OF STATE CSHINGTON, D. C. 0 DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON June 27, 1919. To the Diplomatic and Consular Officers of the United States of America in England, France, Belgium and Holland. Gentlemen: At the instance of the Honorable Henry P. Fletcher, American Ambassador to Mexico, I take pleasure in introducing to you Mr. Benjamin Strong of New York City, who is about to proceed abroad. I cordially bespeak for Mr. Strong such courtesies and assistance as you may be able to render, consistently with your official duties. I am, Gentlemen, Your obedient servant, Acting Secretary of State. PC 11Notot ',XV 3* 7019* AaUtevion* tarts tetra:am). 100sio=in tr*Ags 4ovrtor of Poderal. rwo Tort if 000rve uly ltth in eon. 40/Iiair.or rtoottozi with the parabaso br le4ora Leatree Donk at row. quest at1,44grese SeonoMA0 .-oanola. of Corm= !;7014 marts now at 4o SodorLaldsobe tlaat in. Bollnd arld gational Bunk ot 9eVA,nro in Aolgivai troae will huvo c Mr, to trww,stit throush thv Otaulon to Departawat for- ?adoral nal*, Upon regmoot .47 tt * to to yoz. aro, authorised to treaSMit 04Wlot to the Do-4ru1t and to 4elivor to 'Axiom fron the ,.., .-Awrtont. 9. Please inform American Peace Mission Paris and Repeat to ItondonvBrussels and The Hague. fiaa POLK Acting OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS TO CDADDRESS SECRETARY OF STATE - THE 0 Ci WILSMNSTON.D.C. DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON July 9, 1919. In reply refer to CA. My dear Mr. LeffinRwell: I am enclosing herewith for your information copy of the cable which this Department has despatched in or- der to carry out the recuest contained in your letter of July 2d, 1919, to facilitate the work of Governor Strong of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in connection with the purchase by the bank of approximately 700,000,000 German gold marks. There is also enclosed a letter of introduction for Mr. Strong to the Diplomatic Officers of the United States at London, Paris, Brussels and The Hague. Will you be kind enough to deliver this letter to Mr. strong? I am, my dear Mr. Leffingwell, Very sincerely yours, Enclosures: Copy of cable despatched. Letter of introduction. The llonorable R. C. Ieffingwell, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. 'DRESS OFFICIAL. COMMUNICA1 IONS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE WASHINGTON, 0.0. DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON July 9, 1919. To all Diplomatic Officers of the United States at London, Paris, Brussels and The Hague. Gentlemen: I-take pleasure in Strong, Governor of introducing to you the Federal Mr. Benjamin Reserve Bank of Few York, Who is about to proceed to Europe in behalf of the Treasury Department of the United States and of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. It is desired needed assistance that you give to Mr. Strong all in the facilitation of his mission, and put him in the way of meeting any governmental or local officials with whom he may desire to confer. I Elia, Gentlemen, Your obedient servant, Acting 0-A Secretary of State. COMMISSIONER PLENIPOTENTIARY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA .1Yaris, September 1G, 1919. Dear Ben: Just - line to thank you for your note-. are going home, but in view of thc attitude of I think am sorry you the British it would be very much better if we all went home, "ly the British should feel that they have the right to say, without censulting anyone, when the Conference shulld begin and cease is beyond mo. The Lord knows I wont to go hcmc, but I am not prei:ared to go *when it suits the convenience of the British Prime lanister. Looking forward to seeing you soon and wishin: ycu a see trip, Yours faltfully, Benjamin strong, Esuire, Ritz Hotel, Louder. Februory 19, 1920 Dear Mr. Folk: Mr. Benjamin Strong, governor of tho Federal Reserve Bank of New York, desires to make trip abroad on April 10 on business for this bank, and I am writing to reciuset that a pssr;port be issued to him in order that he may visit Japan, China, India and other countries. Thanking you in advance for courtesy you may extend to . us in this regard, I am, Very truly yours, J. H. CASE Acting Governor. Honorable Frank L. Folk, Acting Secretary, Department of State, Washington, 1). /9/ LII3RNIZV s 1.91 J_p ,1 "'le 16, 1919. -M,SY:R\17. BOx 4 ...ear Lanier: Taking advantage of your suggestion, I am sending this note to you by Mr. rarold Vaughan, who is to accompany me to Urope as my secretary. Mr. Vaughan' s signature is attached to this letter for identification.. If a passport can be issued to him of such a nature as will enable ta avoid delay in vise, etc. as in nv own case, it will be a great conenience indeed, and 1 rdll be grateful for anything that you and your associates can do to accomplish that. I am sailing on the Baltic on July rst. th best regards, I am, Very truly yours, Ar . Vaughan will sign: Lanier ,inslow, 3sq., Derartment of state, Washington, A. B 011JB 111111111111111111Lammommmimimmitit 00010: US S 1919 130 -M,StRV Juno 16, coax innier: I have had the good fortune to get a first-class man to go abroad with me, Ur. Harold Vaughan, as my secretary, and I am taking the liberty of sending him to you with a letter in the hope that you will be able and wiling to facilitate his getting the necessary passport. lir. Polk was good enough to give me a special passport and, as Jr. Vaughan will be with me curing the entire trip, it will be a great convenience if he can be given such credentials as will enable him to experience no greater delay that I in con- nection with the trip. Many thanks in advance for your help and courtesy. Very truly yours, Lanier L. AnsloN, Esq., Department of state, Washington, 14 0. BS/11313 ' ''----- - ',SS OFFICIAL COMMUNICAT/Otta TO .HE SECRETARY OF ST AE WASMINGTON. D. C. DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON PERSONAL. June 1,7 ..ARY Governor Benjamin Strong, FEDERAL R ERVF Federal Reserve Bank, Pine and Nassau Streets, New York City. Dear Ben:- I have received your letter this morning regarding Mr. Vaughan and also the letter of introduction which he I have presented himself. taken the matter up of grant- ing him a special passport and have succeeded in obtaining permission for the issilance of the same. now in touch with the Passport Bureau, making out plications, and I have every reason to next few houis believe his ap- that in the the passport will itself be granted or at sent least shortly Mr. Vaughan is to New York for him. If I do not see you again before you leave, I do hope you will have I were going a very successful and pleasant trip. with you. With all good wishes for the best of luck, Faithfully yours, ae. I wish BA 4- June 18, 1TW,7:10- ear Lanier: Many thanks for your note of the seventeenth and for helping 24±. Vaughan to arrange his passport. day with word that everything was done most promptly the utmost courtesy, and again Sincerely yours, L. Lanier dinslow, Washington, D. C. and with I have to thank you and your :assistants for seeing matters through. Departmenr6f State, He is back to-