File No. 738.3915/67.

The Secretary of State to the American Minister. 1

[Telegram—Paraphrase.]

Informs him that the Dominican commissioners at a meeting of the Dominican and Haitian plenipotentiaries acknowledged the Haitian powers to be in due and proper form but considered that certain [Page 164] restrictions contained therein made these powers so narrow as to make it impossible to proceed with the negotiations. Both delegations have referred the matter to their respective Governments. An unnecessary delay in the negotiations would be regrettable. Instructs him to endeavor to have instructions sent to the delegates to consult further with the Department, which is willing to assist in every proper way to arrive at a solution of the difficulties.

Knox.
  1. The same to the American legation at Port au Prince.↩