File No. 837.77/106.

The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador.

No. 24.]

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Ambassador Bryce’s note of March 31, 1913, in which he states [etc.].

In reply I have the honor to say that on the 8th instant the Department sent an instruction to Minister Beaupré, in which, after acknowledging the receipt of a despatch from him on the subject, dated March 22, 1913, and informing him of the receipt of Mr. Bryce’s note, it said:

“It appears, from your despatch under acknowledgment and from the note of the British Ambassador above mentioned and its enclosure, that the contentions urged by the British Government involved questions of a legal nature pertaining to the validity of the proceedings heretofore taken in this matter, which the Government of the United States does not feel called upon to discuss with the Cuban Government at the present time, inasmuch as this Government relies upon the Cuban Government to give these questions such careful and deliberate consideration as will insure their determination with due regard to law and justice.”

I have [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
John B. Moore.