Mr. de Obaldía to Mr. Hay.
Washington, August 19, 1904.
My Dear Mr. Secretary: I take pleasure in answering your courteous note of yesterday.
I had knowledge of Mr. Bunau-Varilla’s note of the 19th of January [Page 610] last, addressed to you, before submitting to your Department my statement of the 11th instant.
Notwithstanding the views set forth in that note, I could not base my argument on any document other than the Hay-Bunau-Varilla treaty.
The motives that actuated me in taking this course can not escape your sagacious perspicacity.
With my best thanks for the sending of a copy of the said note, I avail etc.,