The Secretary of State to the Minister in Haiti (Bailly-Blanchard)
Your May 10, 6 p.m.2
You will ask an audience with the President of Haiti and hand him the following statement: “the Government of the United States cannot understand the lack of cooperation on the part of the Government of Haiti in relation to the publication in the Official Gazette of May 8th, of the date of the plebiscite for the Constitution, without previous agreement with the Legation, and has taken careful note of the statement of the President of Haiti in regard to a misunderstanding having arisen due to the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs.
In order to avoid future misunderstandings of this nature, the Government of the United States is of the opinion that a more useful purpose will be served if major negotiations between the United States and Haiti at Port au Prince shall, in the future, be transacted directly between the President of Haiti and the American Legation.
As the Government of the United States is entirely convinced of the desire of the President of Haiti for closer cooperation in view of the provisions of the Treaty of 1915 and feels certain that he is most desirous of obviating any further difficulty in connection with very important negotiations, it has instructed the American Minister to act in the manner outlined above.”
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