The Portuguese Chargé (De Montalvão) to the Secretary of State


His Excellency the Secretary of State: I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that the Government of the Portuguese Republic very readily agrees to the draft of Arbitration Agreement enclosed in the note of the Department of State of March 24, last.

I have the honor to forward herewith to Your Excellency the Portuguese text of the said Agreement3 while expressing in the name of my Government the great satisfaction given it by the prompt assent of the Government of the United States to an extension of the Convention of 1908.

In compliance with my instruction, I therefore beg Your Excellency to permit me to suggest that it might be better to use in Article II of the said Agreement the phrase “President of the Portuguese Republic” instead of “President of Portugal”. That is the language used in the Portuguese text, and it is my Government’s confident hope that the American Government will accept it.

Thanking you in advance for the answer which I shall have to forward to my Government, I have [etc.]

Justino de Montalvão
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