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Mr. Powell to Mr. Say .

No. 389, San Domingo series.]

Sir: I have the honor to state to the Department that the present mail from Santo Domingo has brought to this legation the consent of the Dominican Government to the request of the Cuban Government [Page 384]that the United States consular officers in that Republic should represent Cuban commercial interests until such time as it can establish a Cuban consular service.

I have the honor to inclose the correspondence that has passed between that Government and this legation concerning this matter.

I have, etc.,

W. F. Powell.
[Inclosure 1.]

Mr. Powell to Mr. Sanchez .

No. 217.]

Sir: I have the honor to call your excellency’s attention to a request that has been made to my Government by His Excellency Señor Don Tomás Estrada Palma, President of the Republic of Cuba, requesting that the United States consular officers in your Republic be charged with the protection of the citizens of that Republic resident in Santo Domingo, and also the commercial interests of the said Republic, until such time as Cuban consular officers can be appointed.

I would be glad to have you inform me if this request of His Excellency Señor Palma, meets with the approval of your excellency’s Government, in order that the necessary instructions shall be transmitted from this office to the United States consular officers in your Republic. May I also request of your excellency your reply by cable, in order that I may communicate with our consuls at an early day.

Kindly accept, etc.,

W. F. Powell.
[Inclosure 2.—Translation.]

Mr. Sanchez to Mr. Powell .

Mr. Chargé d’Affaires: I have the honor to bring to your knowledge that I have given opportunely account to the Dominican Government of your kind note of the date of July 9, No. 217, informing us that a request has been made to your Government by His Excellency Mr. Tomas Estrada Palma, President of the Republic of Cuba, soliciting that the consular officials of the United States in the Dominican Republic might be charged with the protection of the citizens of that Republic residing in Santo Domingo, and also of the commercial interests of the said Republic, up to the time in which he can appoint Cuban consular officials.

The Dominican Government accepts at once and with the best good will the said representation of the Cuban interests and the protection of the citizens of that Republic by that of the United States, and desires that the formal notice be made to Mr. Tomás Estrada Palma, through your office, to consider complete the request to the purpose in the case of the representation and protection announced.

I salute you, etc.,

Juan F. Sanchez.