The Chilean Ambassador (Dávila) to the Secretary of State

No. 40

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s communication of May 23rd, in which Your Excellency was good enough to inform me that the Government of the United States of America would be glad to conclude a treaty with my Government for the prevention of the smuggling of alcoholic liquors similar to the treaties on the same subject already concluded with other countries. Your Excellency also enclosed a draft of the proposed treaty.—

I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that I have been instructed by my Government to sign the proposed treaty, and I await Your Excellency’s pleasure.—

The attention of my Government has been called to the attitude of several Departments of Your Excellency’s Government concerning the policy of the United States with reference to such treaties, and the likelihood of Your Excellency’s Government taking advantage of that provision of Article V by which modifications may be proposed three months before the expiration of one year from the date of exchange of ratifications.—

I avail myself [etc.]

Carlos G. Dávila