Mr. Frelinghuysen to Mr. Lowell.
Washington , April 5, 1883.
Sir: I inclose herewith a copy of a joint resolution providing for the termination of certain articles of the treaty between the United States of America and Her Britannic Majesty, concluded at Washington May 8, 1871, which articles under the protocol signed June 7, 1873, took effect on the 1st day of July, 1873, and, by the terms of the original treaty, are subject to termination by either party on two years’ notice given at the expiration of ten years from July 1, 1873. This resolution, which was approved March 3, 1883, directs the President to give notice [Page 414] to the Government of Her Britannic Majesty that the provisions of each and every of the articles No. 18 to No. 25, inclusive, and of Article XXX of the treaty of May 8, 1871, will terminate and be of no force on the expiration of two years next after the time of giving such notice, which the President is further directed to give on the 1st day of July, 1883, or as soon thereafter as may be. You are therefore instructed to comply with the directions of Congress in this matter, as set forth in the resolution, by giving the notice required. As the 1st day of July falls on Sunday, you will give the notice on the next succeeding day, informing the minister of foreign affairs on the receipt of this instruction of its purport and of your contemplated action.
I am, &c.,