The Secretary of State to the Chief Justice.

My Dear Mr. Chief Justice: I am in receipt of your letter of the 26th ultimo, wherewith you inclose the originals and a copy of your letter addressed to the ministers of Costa Rica and Panama accepting the position of arbitrator of the boundary dispute between these two countries under the condition that all documents and papers submitted to you for your action in your official capacity which were originally in the Spanish language shall be translated into English by a translator selected by the respective parties, they being therefore wholly responsible for the sufficiency and accuracy of the translation; and that all arguments or proceedings submitted to you for action shall be in the English language.

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In reply I have the honor to inform you that I am to-day in receipt from the ministers of Costa Rica and Panama of a formal letter of acquiescence in the conditions named by you, which is herewith inclosed.

I am, etc.,

P. C. Knox.