File No. 832.61333/160.
The Ambassador of Brazil to the Secretary of State.
Washington, April 24, 1913.
Mr. Secretary of State: I had the honor to receive the note of the 22d instant in which your excellency was pleased to communicate to me the reply of the Attorney General of the United States regarding the suppression of the suit begun by the American courts against the valorization of the coffee of the State of São Paulo. It is stated therein that my declaration, together with the information now in the possession of that Department would be sufficient to justify this suppression, instructions for which purpose were issued to the Attorney for the District of New York. The Attorney General adds that, as it is not the custom of his Department to issue an opinion on possibilities in the application of laws, he can not say whether a similar lawsuit would be repeated under analogous conditions, nor can he promise the modification or the non-application of such laws.
I also thank your excellency for the information that you gave me on the same occasion that you had requested the Department of Justice that, should there occur in the future any reason for a similar lawsuit, due information would be furnished to the State Department thereof, so that when this Embassy was informed we could through Governmental action obtain the same result which judicial proceedings would entail.
I informed my Government of your excellency’s communication by telegraph, and have [etc.]