The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Beaupré.
Washington , November 14, 1906 .
Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch, No. 428, of the 8th ultimo, transmitting a copy of a convention between the Argentine Republic and Spain dispensing with the legalization of signatures to certain legal instruments.
The convention, which merely provides for the discontinuance of authentication of signatures to letters rogatory, was probably required by the Argentine law.
On April 18, 1901, the Spanish legation proposed to this department the reciprocal acceptance of such letters, through the diplomatic channel, without authentication of signatures, a formality that the Spanish law did not require.
The department’s reply (memorandum of June 5, 1901) was to the effect that, while the proposition would be accepted so far as the insular possessions were concerned, no such engagement could be entered into concerning letters to be executed in the United States. This was accepted by the Spanish legation, which at first considered a mere exchange of notes sufficient, but later (October 13 and October 30) submitted a declaration that was signed on November 7, 1901.
I inclose herewith, for your information, a copy of the said agreement.
I am, etc.,