The Chargé in Mexico (Summerlin) to the Secretary of State

No. 4628

Sir: With reference to the Department’s No. 1708, of August 6, 1921, and to subsequent instructions relative to the Agrarian law passed by the State of Durango, I have the honor to report the receipt of Foreign Office informal note No. 7406, dated November 28, 1921, (received to-day) in regard to this matter. Mr. Pani states that the Executive finds himself prohibited from intervening to cause the derogation of the law in question, by virtue of the fact that the States of the Federation are absolutely sovereign in respect of their internal regimen. Mr. Pani concludes by saying “nevertheless, in the event that citizens of your country suffer any injury, they have tribunals and recourses ready at hand given them by Mexican laws to defend themselves against any trangressed disposition of the text of the Constitution or violation of individual guarantees”.

I have [etc.]

George T. Summerlin