File No. 2126/269–272.
Minister Furniss to the Secretary of State.
Port au Prince, May 22, 1908.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith copy and translation of a note sent for my information by the Haitian Government, in which [Page 438] it announces the abolition of the custom of granting asylum by the various legations and consulates in Haiti, and requests that the consular agencies be given precise instructions in conformity therewith.
In acknowledging receipt of the note mentioned, I took occasion to thank the Haitian Government for the publicity which it had assisted me in giving to the department’s instructions as to Haitian refugees.
The Haitian Government’s note has not been well received by my colleagues of the diplomatic corps. They seem to see in it a menace, in that it virtually conveys orders which can only be issued to them by their own Governments, and brings in question the sanctity of legations which has heretofore been an admitted principle in international law. They have, therefore, merely acknowledged the receipt of the note and stated that it has been referred to their governments for consideration.
I have, etc.,