839.51/2320: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in the Dominican Republic (Russell)

19. Department understands that the General Receiver of Customs in Santo Domingo during the last three months of 1920 and the whole of 1921 retained for the necessary expenses of the receivership more than the 5 percent of the total customs collections authorized by Article 1 of the Convention of 1907. It appears that the formal approval of the Military Government or of the United States Government has not yet been given to his action. You will accordingly advise the Military Governor that the Government of the United States approves the action of the General Receiver above referred to, but it should be distinctly stated that in giving its consent to this action no precedent is to be considered created thereby.