Minister Dawson to the Secretary of State.

No. 286.]

Sir: Continuing the subject of my No. 271, of the 1st instant, I have the honor to report that the dean of the diplomatic corps answered [Page 572] my letter in regard to the withdrawal by this Government of the exequatur of the Portuguese consul. He agrees with me in thinking that the diplomatic corps ought to take no action under the present circumstances.

I inclose a copy and translation of his letter.

I have the honor to be, sir, etc.,

T. C. Dawson.

Mr. Borno to Minister Dawson.

Dear and Much Honored Colleague: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your communication of July 31, accompanying a letter from Mr. Hector de Marchena, relative to the withdrawal of an exequatur which the Dominican Government has imposed upon him.

I believe, like you, that the matter having already been officially notified to the Government of his most faithful majesty, that we can do nothing but keep out of it. Besides our intervention in this case would not constitute a strict duty founded upon some rule of international law violated by the Dominican Government.

Permit me, dear colleague, to seize this occasion to renew to you the expression of my cordial sympathy and of my high consideration.

Louis Borno.