Senhor Mendonça to Mr. Gresham.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of to-day, by which, referring to my interview yesterday with your excellency in regard to the protection by your minister in Portugal of the Brazilian citizens in that country during the suspension of the diplomatic relations between Brazil and Portugal, your excellency informs me 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 two countries, and that your excellency will further communicate to me such reply as you may receive from Mr. Caruth.

Thanking your excellency for this friendly assent of the American Government to the desire of my Government,

I avail, etc.,

Salvador de Mendonça.