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Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, Shipping Board, to Raymond B. Stevens, Vice-Chairman,  Shipping Board, and Representative, Allied Maritime Transport Council

Chronological Copy.                           File No. <42/2/4>

Cablegram Received April 15405       ROC

Origin Opnav, Washington.                     Ser. No. 4565

     CS     5 Apr.

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4565. Boards Navy 43 to Stevens from Hurley. Your 58.1 Requa2 petroleum Administrator recommends not taking part in petroleum conference until he can be heard.3 There appears to be doubt as to effect of conference on American oil efforts. 10<0>04  4565.

Benson.  

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.

Footnote 2: Mark L. Requa, Director, Oil Division, United States Fuel Administration.

Footnote 3: It appears that the United States did not participate in the informal meetings of the Petroleum Conference but did so once the formal meetings began in May, 1918. Martin Gibson, Britain’s Quest for Oil: The First World War and the Peace Conferences (West Midlands, England: Helion & Company, 2017), 87.

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