File No. 838.51/596
The Secretary of State to Minister Blanchard
Washington, March 22, 1917, 5 p.m.
Your March 3, 6 p.m. Protocol submitted should be amended by substitution for Article 2 the following:
The present act shall be approved by the high contracting parties, in conformity with their respective established procedures, and the approvals thereof shall be exchanged in the City of Port au Prince as soon as may be possible.
This will not preclude Government of Haiti submitting protocol to National Assembly for approval but will render unnecessary its submission to Senate of the United States.
Protocol as amended should be immediately signed by you and transmitted to Department for approval by the President of the United States.