File; No. 839.00/785.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.

[Telegram—Paraphrase.]

The Department’s statement for publication was given to the press and telegraphed to the governors of all the provinces. The Archbishop requests me to answer you as follows:

I am profoundly touched by the generous interest of the Government and people of the United States and their hope that my persevering efforts for the peace and prosperity of the Dominican nation may prove so successful as to exclude all possibility of a recurrence of the disorders that have afflicted it.

Notwithstanding the obstacles which the former state of war and its consequences have caused, I earnestly trust—and I beg Your Excellency to share this trust—that the occasion may not arise for the Government of the United States to fulfill in a manner painful to the Dominican people its moral obligations and those imposed by the Convention of 1907.

Russell.