Mr. Thompson to Mr. Gresham.
Petropolis, August 27, 1894. (Received September 25.)
Sir: Referring to your No. 142, of June 19, inclosing certificate of appointment of Reuben Cleary as deputy consul-general of the United States at Rio de Janeiro, and instructing that application be made to the foreign office for the recognition of Mr. Cleary in his official capacity, I have the honor to report that in pursuance of the instruction application was made for an exequatur, which the minister for foreign affairs declines to grant.
The reasons, as set forth in his note to this legation of the 9th instant, for refusing the request, are that the office of deputy consul-general, being merely auxiliary to that of the consul-general, the prerogatives, privileges, and immunities of the latter do not attach to the former, which the granting of an exequatur would import. He, however, states that his Government is fully cognizant of the appointment of Mr. Cleary, and has since informed me verbally that this recognition implies full power to act.
I inclose the correspondence upon the subject, and request instructions as to whether this recognition of the appointment of Mr. Cleary is satisfactory.
I have, etc.,