File No. 718.1915/193.
The Chief Justice to the Secretary of State.
My Dear Mr. Secretary: I have your recent letter2 inquiring concerning my action in the request referred to me by the representatives of Costa Rica and Panama as to the arbitration provided for in the agreement between these two countries. I must apologize for my delay in replying to the request, which has been occasioned by circumstances over which I had no control. I beg leave under this cover to send you a copy of a letter by me to-day addressed to the ministers of the two countries, and at the same time to send you the letters which I have addressed to the respective ministers so that you may see that they are delivered.
The conditions which I have imposed to the acceptance of the duty of arbitration are in exact compliance with the result of a conversation [Page 676] which took place between myself and the ministers of the respective countries in Washington in June last, of which conversation and understanding I took the liberty of informing you in a letter1 addressed to you some time since.
With the greatest respect, believe me, etc.,