File No. 822.5048.

The Acting Secretary of State to the American Minister.

No. 3.]

Sir: The Department encloses herewith a copy of a note dated July 5, 1913, from the British Embassy, with reference to a despatch dated May 14, 1913, a copy of which is also enclosed,1 from the British representative at Quito regarding labor conditions in certain parts of Ecuador.

You are instructed to forward all information obtainable at Quito as to the condition of the indigenes in the Ecuadorean Province of Oriente, and to furnish your views as to the advisability of the United States joining with Great Britain in the friendly invitation to the Ecuadorean Government alluded to in the note from the British Embassy.

I am [etc.]

J. B. Moore.
[Inclosure 1.]

The British Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

No. 183.]

Sir: I have the honour to refer to Mr. Huntington Wilson’s note1 to my predecessor, No. 1714 of December 26th last, in which it is stated, in answer to enquiries on the subject on the part of His Majesty’s Government that the United States Government would be prepared, in specific cases of the maltreatment of South American natives, to use its influence with the Government concerned to ensure steps being taken to better the condition of the native inhabitants.

In this connection I have now the honour, under instruction from my Government, to bring to your notice unofficially the enclosed copy of a despatch from His Majesty’s Chargé d’ Affaires at Quito and to enquire whether, in view of the above-mentioned note, the United States Government would be disposed to join with His Majesty’s Government in a friendly invitation to the Ecuadorean Government thoroughly to investigate the circumstances and, should a traffic in slaves between Ecuador and Peru be found to exist, to cooperate with the Peruvian Government in suppressing it.

I have [etc.]

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Cecil Arthur Spring-Rice.
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