File No. 812.512/1531

The Secretary of State to Mr. Parker, representing American interests

No. 2051

Sir: Referring to the Department’s telegram of December 5, 6 p.m.,10 directing you to take up with General Venustiano Carranza the question of mining taxes in Mexico, the Department encloses herewith, for your information, a copy of a letter on the subject, dated January 4, 1917, from the local representative of the de facto Government of Mexico, quoting a note, dated at Querétaro, Mexico, December 25, 1916, from the Mexican Foreign Office. It will be noted that the communication from the Mexican Foreign Office is in response to the representations made by you under date of December 12, 1916.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Frank L. Polk