Secretary of State Robert Lansing to United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Walter Hines Page
Cablegram Sent 23 February 1918. ROC
February 15, 1918
TO American Embassy, London.
FROM Department of State, signed ‘Lansing’
DATED February 14, 7 p.m.
RECEIVED February 15, 1918. 10 a.m.
The Government of Mexico has notified this Government through its Ambassador at Washington that article 12 and 15 of the Hague Convention dealing with rights and duties of neutral powers in naval warfare are violated by the stay of American warships in Mexican ports or territorial waters for a longer period than 24 hours. Please inform Department by cable whether His Majesty’s Government have received a like notice relating to British War vessels.
Source Note: Cy, DNA, RG 45, Entry 520, Box 337. There is a note below close: “MR. LAUGHLIN/Copies sent to Naval and Military Attachés for information.” Irwin B. Laughlin was secretary to Ambassador Page. The naval attaché in London was VAdm. William S. Sims; the military attaché was Lt. Col. Stephen L’H. Slocum.