The Mexican Chargé (Castro Leal) to the Secretary of State
Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s kind note of February 17th of this year relative to article 13 of the draft convention for the prevention of livestock diseases, in which Your Excellency was pleased to quote a statement from the Department of Agriculture setting forth the reasons why that Department deems it important to the interests of both countries that there be added to article 13 as proposed by my Government the following words: “or exposure thereto” in the English text and “o expuestos a ellas” in the Spanish text.
In reply, I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that the Government of Mexico agrees to the amendment suggested by the Department of Agriculture of the United States and therefore agrees that the said article 13 be worded 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 the said inspection and tests have been made; but in the cases in which live-stock 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, or exposure thereto, before the permit for entry is issued.”35
With the statement that my Government is ready to appoint a plenipotentiary to conclude and sign the said draft convention as early as it may suit Your Excellency’s Government, it affords me pleasure to renew [etc.]