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Mr. Jusserand to Mr. Hay.


Mr. Secretary of State:

My Government has just communicated to me that the Russian and Japanese Governments having officially advised it of the state of war existing between them it had decided to conform, in order to observe neutrality, to the principles set down by the circular published in the [Page 24]official journal of the Republic on April 27, 1898.a I consider it my duty to bring these intentions to the knowledge of your excellency and to mention that the above-named circular has been communicated by my predecessor to the Department of State on the 11th of May, 1898.

Please accept, etc.,