Commander Paul Foley and L. I. Thomas to Edward N. Hurley, Chairman, United States Shipping Board
Subject Copy. File No. <46-4-1>
Cablegram Sent 11 April 1918. ROS
To Opnav, Washington. Serial No. 6305
Prep. by Comdr. Foley. SX D.R.
6305. Following for Hurley with copy to Requa and Petroleum War Service Committee, begins. prior to receipt of your telegram 4543 Authorities advised having received telegram from Black indicating America was not disposed to participate in Inter-Allied Petroleum Conference, objection being principally based on preponderance of British representation which might have effect of swamping American representatives views. We are informed this objection can be overcome by diminishing British or increasing American representation. Mr. Walter Long personally very much concerned over American attitude. On clear understanding Conference has no executive power and its deliberations confined to terms of reference as per Statement File Reference 131 we again recommend American participation and that we be appointed official delegates while on this mission. Stevens favors American participation see cable 6267 Shipmission 100. Meantime pending decision by America further meetings of conference suspended. Signed Foley and Thomas. 6305.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 517B.