Mr. Hay to Señor Quesada.
Washington, November 15, 1902.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 27th ultimo advising the Department that Government has appointed consular officers in different places in America and Europe, who on their arrival at their posts have been directed to notify the respective United States consuls.
You express the thanks of your Government for the action of the United States consular officers in behalf of Cuban interests, and ask that it may be continued where no Cuban consular officers shall be appointed.
I take pleasure in inclosing copies of the Department’s circular issued to United States consuls in view of your note.
As to your request that the United States consular officers should, as far as practicable, deliver to the Cuban consuls all such documents as appertain to Cuba and are in their possession, I have the honor to point out that in performing duties for your Government our officers are acted merely as “consuls of the United States in charge of Cuban interests,” and not as “Cuban consuls,” and that the papers and documents pertaining to such acts are a part of the records of the United States consulates. Should, however, any particular papers be desired at any time, the United States consuls will be directed to furnish copies to the Cuban consuls.