File No. 2618/6–7.

Minister Bryan to the Secretary of State.

No. 277.]

Sir: I have the honor to report that at my last interview with the minister for foreign affairs he informed me that the King of Portugal had signed the decree ratifying the agreement extending to Porto Rico the provisions of the commercial agreement between the United States and Portugal, and that the Brazilian ambassador representing Portugal in Washington had been requested by cable to notify our Government of this act. I transmit herewith a copy and translation of the decree of ratification.

I have, etc.,

Charles Page Bryan.
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translation of the royal decree ratifying the supplementary commercial agreement of the 19th of november, 1902.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Commercial and Consular Bureau:

Dom Carlos, by the grace of God, King of Portugal and Algarves, etc., we make known to all our subjects that the General Cortes have enacted and we have approved the following law:

  • Article 1. Be it enacted that the diplomatic act signed in Washington on the 19th November, 1902, as an extension of the commercial agreement of the 22d of May, 1889, between Portugal and the United States of America, is hereby ratified.
  • Art. 2. All conflicting legislation is hereby repealed. We therefore direct all authorities to whom shall belong the cognizance and execution of the said law that they shall fulfill and cause it to be put into effect and observed literally and entirely.

The King
(With rubric and seal.)
[great seal of state.] luiz cypriano coelho de magalhaes.

The foregoing is the decree by which Your Majesty, having sanctioned the act of the General Cortes of December the 10th, 1906, which approves the diplomatic act signed in Washington, November 19, 1902, with the addition of the commercial agreement of May the 22d, 1889, between Portugal and the United States of America, and directing the fulfillment and observation of the said decree conformably with the exact declaration thereof.

For Your Majesty’s verification. Done by Pedro Cid.