Mr. Clayton to Mr. Sherman.
Mexico , May 18, 1897 . (Received June 2.)
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s No. 376, of the 5th instant, addressed to the chargé d’affaires ad interim, in which, referring especially to the case of R. H. Doane and the fact that the judge at Piedras Negras did not answer the communications of the consul at that place asking for information as to Doane’s case, the views of the Government regarding the right of a consul to ask information in regard to the course of a criminal case affecting an American citizen and the right to receive a courteous response, are set forth.
On the 15th instant I addressed a note to Mr. Mariscal, minister for foreign affairs, a copy of which I send herewith, inclosing a copy of the Department’s No. 376.
I have, etc.,