The Mexican Ambassador (Téllez) to the Secretary of State


Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s kind note of the 15th of November last in which you were pleased to inform me that the Government of the United States is prepared to sign the convention for the prevention of livestock diseases, provided article 13 of the draft convention be modified in the manner proposed by the Department of State.

In reply, it is my pleasure to inform Your Excellency that the Government of Mexico, in view of the reasons advanced by Your Excellency in the note I am answering, has found it expedient to agree that the said article 13 be amended as follows:

“Article 13. The certificates of inspection and disclosing tests issued by duly authorized veterinarians of either country shall be accepted as proof that such inspection and tests have been made; but in the cases in which livestock intended for importation into either of the two countries is concerned, the issuance of the said certificates shall not preclude further examination of such animals nor proper investigation in order to determine whether or not they are free from diseases before the permit for entry is issued.”

Your Excellency will please note that the article above transcribed is exactly like that proposed by the Department of State save for slight changes in the wording.

With the statement to Your Excellency that my Government is ready to appoint a plenipotentiary to conclude and sign the draft convention as soon as convenient to the Government of Your Excellency, I take pleasure [etc.]

Manuel Téllez
  1. File translation revised.