File No. 639.003/28.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister.

No. 53.]

Sir: The Department acknowledges the receipt of your dispatch No. 47, of April 26, 1911, relative to the law of the Dominican Republic providing for the imposition of a stamp tax on foreign and domestic letters of exchange, etc., and a resolution of the Dominican Congress approving and putting into operation a municipal surtax upon articles of import levied by the commune of Santo Domingo.

If you have not already done so, you will reiterate and reaffirm the views of this Government as to the proper interpretation of the convention of February 8, 1907, as contained in the Department’s instruction No. 29 of March 1, 1911, and the accompanying data.

The Department awaits your full report on the workings of the taxes in question.

I am, etc.,

P. C. Knox.