File No. 838.516/71.

The Secretary of State to the National Bank of the Republic of Haiti.

Sir: The Department of State acknowledges the receipt of your letters of February 9 and 10, 1915, in which you make a formal protest against the action of the Government of Haiti in taking the Treasury service away from the National Bank of Haiti, and also the endeavor of the Haitian Government to force the National Bank of Haiti to accept as legal tender the last issue of paper money.

In this connection you are informed that the American Minister at Port au Prince, under date of February 11, reported by telegraph that at the request of the Bank he had on the 9th instant protested by note to the Haitian Government against, the issue of Treasury notes and also against the taking of the Treasury service from the Bank, on the grounds of violating the contract between the Government of Haiti and the Bank.

On February 13 the Department telegraphed to Mr. Blanchard and informed him that his protest was approved by the Department.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Robert Lansing.