The Secretary of State to Minister Russell.

No. 121.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No 269, of the 4th instant, inclosing copies of the correspondence exchanged between you and the Venezuelan minister of foreign relations in the matter of the receipt for the quota paid by the Venezuelan Government in satisfaction of the awards of the Venezuelan-American Mixed Commission of 1903.

In reply I have to say that, in acknowledging receipt of all payments by Venezuela on account of awards made by the American-Venezuelan Commission of 1903, this Government instructs you to say that it adheres to its position as set forth in your note of December [Page 819] 30, 1907, and that the payment in question is accepted and will be distributed in accordance with the terms of that note.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.