File No. 839.00/1705.

The Secretary to the President to the Secretary of State.

My Dear Mr. Secretary: By the President’s direction, I am sending to you a communication left with him last night by the Special Dominican Commission.

Sincerely yours,

J. P. Tumulty.

President Jiménes to President Wilson.

Juan Isidro Jiménes, President of the Dominican Republic, to His Excellency Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America.

Great and Good Friend: It gives me pleasure to communicate, to Your Excellency that I have appointed Señores Federico Velázquez H., Secretary of State of Fomento and Communications. Licentiate Jacinto B. Peynado, Secretary of State of Justice and Public Instruction, Doctor Francisco Henriquez y C., [Page 309]ex-Secretary of State of Foreign Relations, and Licentiate Enrique Jimenez, the present Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the Dominican Government near your Government, distinguished and honorable citizens, upon whom I have conferred the important duty of taking up with Your Excellency in a direct manner questions closely allied to the national interests, with the sincere desire that they may obtain a satisfactory solution to the end that the bonds of friendship which unite our Governments may be strengthened.

The especial qualifications of the members composing this Commission, your sentiments and high moral standard, encourage me to hope for a prompt solution of the matters to be discussed. I therefore trust that Your Excellency will grant them a favorable reception and will give full faith and credit to all they may say to you regarding the Dominican Republic and particularly in all that may concern the mission which has been conferred upon them.

Your Loyal and Good Friend,

J. I. Jiménes.