File No. 701.5212/27a.
The Secretary of State to the Brazilian Minister to Mexico.
Washington, February 16, 1915.
461. Please ask Silliman immediately on arrival in Vera Cruz to present to Carranza a request for reconsideration of the order expelling the Spanish Minister. We are assured that Carranza was mistaken in charging the Spanish Minister with harboring or giving refuge to Caso, Spain’s special representative to Villa. Ask Silliman to say to Carranza that the expulsion of the Spanish Minister has caused great irritation owing to the feeling that injustice has been done both to the Spanish Government and the Spanish Minister and that the return of the Minister would very much relieve the situation.
Silliman can assure Carranza of this Government’s friendly desire to render any service in maintaining good relations between Carranza and the foreigners and foreign representatives living in the territory over which he exercises authority.