File No. 150.655/5.

The American Chargé d’Affaires to the Secretary of State.

No. 426.]

Sir: Referring to the Department’s instruction No. 167, etc., I have the honor to inclose herewith the reply of the Italian foreign office, accompanied by translation thereof, to the above-mentioned proposition.

It will be noted that the minister for foreign affairs refers to a previous note on the subject, dated April 11, 1911; as however this note has never been received by the embassy, I have to-day asked to be furnished with a copy, which will be forwarded to the Department as soon as received.

I nave, etc.,

Charles S. Wilson.
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The Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs to the American Ambassador.


Mr. Ambassador: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of the note No. 311 of June 24, 1911, in which your excellency requests a reply to the notes No. 237 of January 25, 1911, and No. 256 of March 13, 1911. To this latter I have already had the honor to reply in my note dated April 11 of this year, in which I stated that I willingly complied with the request made to me by the Federal Government through the” medium of your excellency, and that to the doctors sailing as royal commissioners on ships for the emigration service instructions would be given to the effect that they should report directly to the quarantine bureaus of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and New Orleans whether during the journey any cases of contagious diseases had occurred on board.

If, however, the Government of the United States should deem it necessary that in regard to this matter an actual arrangement should be made with the Royal Government, I will willingly discuss with your excellency the necessary arrangements.

I avail, etc.,

A. Di San Giuliano.