The Acting Secretary of State to the American Minister.

No. 89.]

Sir: The Department is in receipt of your No. 115 of the 2d instant, relative to the recognition by the Belgian Government of Mr. Charles C. Broy as American vice and deputy consul general at Boma, and the present attitude of the United States toward the Congo.

In instructing you to apply to the Belgian foreign office for the recognition of Mr. Broy, the Department was simply carrying out the rule and custom of asking consular recognition by the de facto authorities, it not being a question of de jure determination.

I am, etc.,

Huntington Wilson.