File No. 2483/4–5.

Ambassador Thompson to the Secretary of State.

No. 412.]

Sir: I acknowledge the receipt of the department’s No. 182, of the 17th instant, inclosing a copy of a letter from the Secretary of Agriculture relative to the requirement by the Mexican Government that [Page 834] American meat certificates shall be viséed by a Mexican consular officer, and directing that my good offices be used with the Government of Mexico, in order to induce it, if possible, to accept the certificates without the requirement in question, on the ground of mutuality of interest in the commercial relations between the two countries.

I inclose a copy of my note addressed to the foreign office in pursuance of this instruction.

I have, etc.,

D. E. Thompson.
[Inclosure.]

Ambassador Thompson to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Minister: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s note,a dated November 5, 1906, inclosing a copy of a communication from the department of government, which contains the recommendation of the superior board of health that American meat certificates be accepted by the Mexican authorities when viséed by a Mexican consular officer.

I am instructed to inquire whether it would not be possible to waive the requirement of the consular visé on the ground of mutuality of interest in the commercial relations between the two countries.

It would seem that this certificate for meat products, when issued, represents an official certificate from the United States Government.

I renew, etc.,

D. E. Thompson.