The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Mexico (Sheffield)
148. Reference Department’s 176, August 11, 3 p.m., 183, August 17, 6 p.m., and 231, October 26, 3 p.m., and your despatches 983, August 19 and 362 , November 16.90
Department informed that Mexican Boundary Commissioner Serrano wrote American Commissioner Curry March 1691 that the Mexican Department of Communications and Public Works is disposed to commence work on defense plan and rectification in Rio Grande and that such work was delayed only by lack of decisions in pending banco cases in Rio Grande valley and therefore asked to be advised whether Curry was prepared to join with him in deciding banco cases so that works mentioned might proceed without loss of time.
Department does not doubt that Mexican Commissioner spoke with authority but before issuing instructions to American Commissioner would be glad to have Mexican Government confirm its Commissioner’s statement.
In view of great desirability that proposed works be carried out before next flood season, Department instructs you to endeavor to obtain statement from Mexican Government at earliest possible date and to telegraph it promptly when received.