Mr. Russell to Mr. Hay.
Caracas, May 4, 1901.
Sir: I have the honor to herewith inclose a copy, with translation, of the law passed by the Venezuelan Congress of 1882 in regard to the entrance of foreign men-of-war into Venezuelan ports.
This law was published in the Official Gazette of April 30 last, as the law in force at present.
The Belgian legation here had sent to the foreign office a copy of the late Belgian regulations on this same subject, and the foreign minister in acknowledging the communication of the Belgian chargé d’affaires sent a copy of the inclosed decree as the law in force on the subject in Venezuela at present.
I have, etc.,