The Secretary of State to the Minister in the Dominican Republic ( W. W. Russell )
20. Your despatch No. 858 regarding Santo Domingo-Haiti boundary and Welles’ despatch No. 5653 reporting authorization to provisional government to negotiate arbitration of question with Haiti.
Department is in accord with Mr. Welles that a serious attempt should be made to solve this vexatious problem under the present non-partisan régime. Government of Haiti apparently desires a settlement.[Page 360]
As the present régime in the Dominican Republic will not continue much longer, Department considers that everything possible should be done immediately to expedite action of subcommittee of Commission and open negotiations. Please report by cable what steps you have taken and all developments. High Commissioner Russell54 is being similarly instructed.