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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.
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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,

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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
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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

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Lontenegro at Nev York.

I beg to remain,
Respectfully,

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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.
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Very sincerely yours,

Benj. Strong, Jr.,

RECEIVET

President, Bankers Trust Company,

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16 Wall Street,

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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.

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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.

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ADDRESS OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS TO
THE SECRETARY OF STATE, WASHINGTON. H. C.




DEPARTMENT OF STATE
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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.

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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.

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regret is that we could not have profited to a greater degree by your

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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

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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,

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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.

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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.
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send the money in one of our naval vessels.
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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.

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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



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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.
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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



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message was confirmed over
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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




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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.




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()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.

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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.
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August 1E: Cablegram to Government's representatives at Madrid,
Stockholm and Copenhagen from State Department, Washington.
United_ States authorities guarantee of your drafts for

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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.

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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.

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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







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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.

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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.

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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.




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Third Assistant Secretary
DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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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.

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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 P22.11.1.1ps:
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.

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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,

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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.




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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.

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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?

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TH, SECRETARY OF STATE
CSHINGTON, D. C.

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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.

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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.

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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).




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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.

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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.

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.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




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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-


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