File No. 831.51/48.

The American Chargé d’Affaires to the Secretary of State.

No. 139.]

Sir: I have the honor to report that the protocol for the renewal of relations between France and Venezuela was signed at half past three yesterday afternoon by Doctor Andara, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, on the part of Venezuela, and Baron d’Avril, Minister Plenipotentiary, on the part of France.

I have the honor to state that immediately after the signing of this Protocol the Counselor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Grisanti, called at the Legation and said that he was sent by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to express appreciation on behalf of the Venezuelan Government for the part played by the American Government in this matter. The Minister of Foreign Affairs also said to me that he considered that without the good offices of the American Government an agreement between the two nations would have been impossible.

I have [etc.]

Jefferson Caffery.