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Philip A. S. Franklin, Chairman of the Shipping Control Committee in New York, to Raymond B. Stevens, Vice-Chairman, United States Shipping Board and United States Representative to the Allied Maritime Transport Council

Chronological Copy.                         File No.

Cablegram Received July <16, 1918.> 21216 MJK

Origin         Opnav Washington (            Serial No. SM 245.

     C3 July 17

29 ADR                    CONFIDENTIAL

Simsadus:

SM 245. For Stevens from Franklin Answering SM 308.1 We approve principle outlined therein regarding sailing vessels not passing through War Zone but we have given to the Italians all of the steamers that we can possibly spare for the present and cannot offer any further steam tonnage in exchange for Italian sailing vessels but if they have any to spare think we should be allowed to use it in safe trading as part offset for steamers which we are supplying them  Signed Franklin 09016

                            Benson.

Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B. The handwritten date is confirmed by the time/date stamp at the end of the document.

Footnote 1: Fn1:This cable has not been found.

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