711.21/448: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Colombia (Philip)

Your Number 6 February 27, 8 P.M.11

Your telegram was only received by Department late the afternoon of March 1 and Congress adjourns at noon tomorrow. The Department regrets that owing to shortness of time and the tremendous [Page 734]press of business before Congress during the last few hours of this session, including appropriation bills of vital importance, it has not been possible to submit the amended Treaty for ratification. To have done so at this time might have had a prejudicial result on the negotiations.

It is very probable that there will be a special session of Congress in June and in that case Congressional action upon the Treaty can be obtained at that time.

Polk
  1. Not printed; see despatch of Mar. 1 from the Minister in Colombia, p. 731.↩