File No. 731.51/50.

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

No. 50.]

Sir: The Department is in receipt of your despatch No. 142, of February 14, 1913, with which you transmit a copy and translation of a note addressed to you on February 13th by the Minister for Foreign Affairs expressing the appreciation of the Venezuelan Government for the services of this Department and the Legation in aiding in the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between France and Venezuela.

You are directed to address a brief reply to the Minister for Foreign Affairs expressing the gratification of the Department at the happy outcome of the recent negotiations with France, carried on to such a large extent through your Legation and the Department, making known the Department’s appreciation of the sentiments expressed in the note of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and stating that the Department is very glad to have been of service in this important matter.

I am [etc.]

W. J. Bryan.