File No. 033.5611/20

The Netherland Minister ( Van Rappard ) to the Secretary of State

No. 4189

Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that the Netherland commission entrusted by my Government with the duty of supplying the Government of the United States with all the information the latter may desire concerning the imports and exports of the Netherlands left Amsterdam on August 18 on the S.S. Billiton shortly due in Norfolk.

The commission consists of Mr. van Eelde, former Director of the Government Cereals Office, Mr. van der Houven van Oordt, former Vice President of the Council for the Dutch East Indies and Mr. Joost van Vollenhoven, Manager of the Bank of the Netherlands. These gentlemen have with them Messrs. van der Wielen and Heldring as secretaries.

I venture to beg Your Excellency kindly to see to it that the above named gentlemen meet with no difficulty on their arrival at Norfolk and take this opportunity to renew to Your Excellency the assurance of my highest consideration.

W. L. F. C. van Rappard