No. 509.
Mr. Fish to Mr. Westenberg.

Sir: Referring to your note of the 11th of March last, suggesting, on behalf of your government, the expediency of an arrangement by which [Page 795] judgments rendered by courts in one country may be carried into effect in another, I have now to state that the subject has received the careful and deliberate consideration of this Government, which finds itself constrained to say that the difficulties are so great in the way of carrying into effect the project, arising from the nature of the organic Constitution of the United States and the relations of the States to the Federal Government, that it is not thought best to attempt it.

Accept, &c,