Mr. Hay to Mr. Combs.
Washington, March 24, 1904.
Sir: Referring to instruction No. 104, of the 21st instant, inclosing copies of letters from the Secretary of the Treasury and Messrs. G. Amsinck & Co. respecting the recent decree of the President of Guatemala legalizing the payment in silver or bank notes, etc., of gold debts demanded judicially, I inclose herewith for your information a copy of a letter from the Secretary of the Treasury expressing his views of the decree in the light of the statements made in the letter of Messrs. Amsinck & Co.
The letter of the Secretary of the Treasury is in reply to the Department’s letter to him inclosing a copy of Messrs. Amsinck & Co.’s letter and asking whether the statements of that firm tended to modify the views expressed in his letter of the 12th instant.
If the facts are as stated in Messrs. Amsinck & Co.’s letter, you will make earnest remonstrance against the application of said decree to debts due American citizens.
I am, etc.,