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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 6, 1904
(1904)

Portugal,   pp. 700-705 PDF (361.9 KB)


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PORTUGAL. 
NEUTRALITY OF CHINA IN THE WAR BETWEEN RUSSIA AND 
JAPAN. 
.41r. Hay to Mr. Bryan. 
[Telegram—Paraphrase. I 
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, 
Washington, February 10, 1904. 
 (Mr. Hay instructs Mr. Bryan to consult the Portuguese Government in regard
to the possibility and desirability of an arrangement between the neutral
powers to use their good offices with Russia and Japan for the purpose of
inducing them to respect China's neutrality and administrative entity as
far as possible, limiting and localizing the area of hostile operations,
to minimize the disturbance and excitement of the Chinese people and the
injury to commerce and to the peaceful intercourse of the world. If no opposition
to this proposition is offered he is instructed to suggest that the representatives
of Portugal at St. Petersburg, Tokyo, and Peking be instructed in this sense.)
Mr. Bryan to Mr. Hay. 
[Telegram—Paraphrase.] 
AMERIcAN LEGATI0N, 
Lisbon, February 16, 1904. 
 (Mr. Bryan reports that the Portuguese Government most cordially concurs
in the proposals of the United States Government, contained in telegram of
the 10th instant.) 
Mr. Bryan to Mr. Hay. 
No. 60.]   AMERIcAN LEGATI0N, 
 Lisbon, February 17, 1904. 
 SIR: I have the honor to report that immediately on receipt of your cable
instructions directing me to consult the minister, for foreign affairs with
the view of securing the good offices of Portugal with Russia and Japan,
in order that the neutrality of China may be respected by them, I hurried
to the foreign office. Informed that the minister had gone to northern Portugal
for several days' sojourn, I followed him there, and secured his approval
of your proposals, subject to the King's acquiescence. To obtain this royal
consent the 
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