File No. 839.51/1576.

The Dominican Minister to the Secretary of State.

No. 57.]

Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the two documents which embody the points in the questions discussed at the Department of State by the Special Commissioners of the Dominican Government that have been agreed upon. The commissioners direct me to give notice of their most sincere thanks.

They also direct me again to reiterate in the name of the commission, the views maintained by it at the conferences in regard to the customs officials. According to the said views the appointment of the said officials is vested by the Constitution in the President of the Dominican Republic. That power was freed from any mistaken appreciation by the declarations made by the Congress of the Dominican Republic upon its approving the Dominico-American Convention of 1907, as well as by those also made on that occasion in the name of the American Government by the Honorable Elihu Root then Secretary of State and by the facts unbroken since the said treaty of 1907 went into operation until now.

I renew [etc.]

Enrique Jiménez.