Mr. Gresham to Senhor Mendonça

Sir: At your interview with me yesterday you communicated copy of a telegraphic instruction you had received from the minister for foreign affairs, directing you to ask if the Government of the United States would authorize its minister at Lisbon to protect Brazilian citizens during the suspension of diplomatic relations with Portugal.

Having taken the President’s directions in this regard, I have the pleasure to inform you that the minister, of the United States at Lisbon will be instructed, by cable, to use his friendly offices, with the acquiescence of the Portuguese Government, for the protection of Brazilian citizens in Portugal or the Portuguese dependencies during the present suspension of diplomatic relations between those countries.

Promising myself the further pleasure of communicating to you such reply as I may receive from Mr. Caruth,

I avail myself, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.