The High Commissioner in Haiti (Russell) to the Secretary of State

No. 1089

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Department’s telegram No. 83, dated October 1, 11 a.m.

Upon careful reading of the Department’s suggestion, regarding the provisions of Article 72, it appeared that the wording “unless he has been elected President twice, in which case he shall not be [Page 76] eligible for that office” would disqualify the candidate from serving immediately on his second election. I therefore added in paragraph 3 of said Article 72, after the word “election”, the words “and has served as”, thus making two terms of office the disqualifying factor rather than two elections.

In the last line of the last paragraph of Article 72 the word “not” did not appear. The omission was obvious and probably due to garbling of message in sending. I therefore inserted the word “not” after the word “thereafter”.

President Borno expressed his entire agreement and stated that the amendments would probably be voted Wednesday, October 5th.

I have [etc.]

John H. Russell