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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 7, 1903
(1903)

Netherlands,   pp. 686-687 PDF (589.7 KB)


Page 687

  W.A. F. Baron GEVER5. NETHERLANDS. 687 
 I, Andrew Carnegie, of the city of New York, am willing to furnish a sum
of one and one-half million dollars for the said purpose, which sum has been
placed at the disposal of the Netherland Government. 
 Understanding that it would be desirable to give a permanent character to
my intention, and that it will be necessary, for that purpose, to create
with the said sum a "Stichting" (foundation or trust under the Netherland
law), 
 I, Andrew Carnegie, have declared and declare hereby: To create with the
sum* of one and one-half million dollars mentioned above and named by me
in my letter to Baron Gevers, dated 22d of April, 1903, a "Stichting" (foundation
or trust under the Netherland law) for the purpose of building, establishing,
and maintaining in perpetuity at The Hague a court-house and library (temple
of peace) for the permanent court of arbitration established by the treaty
of July 29, 1899. 
 The seat of the "Stichting" is at The Hague. 
 In accordance herewith I renounce irrevocably, for ever, for myself and
my heirs, the sum aforesaid, destined for the erection, establishment, and
maintenance of the court-house and library for the permanent court of arbitration.
 The Netherland Government, according to agreement, will see to the appointment
of a board of directors under proper control, and draw up the rules according
to which the "Stichting" shall be governed, so as to ensure in perpetuity
its maintenance and efficiency. The words maintaining, maintenance, in this
agreement are not to be construed as relieving the signatory powers to the
treaty of July .29, 1899, from the financial obligations incurred and so
far discharged in connection with the permanent court of arbitration. 
 If at any time the purpose for which the "Stichting" was founded should
fail, the assets of the "Stichting" shall be employed for promoting the cause
of international peace and concord in such a manner as shall be determined
jointly by the sovereign of the Netherlands and the President of the United
States. 
 (Signed) ANDREW CARNEGIE. 
 Signed in Skibo the 7th of October, 1903, in presence of His Excellency
W. A. F. Baron Gevers, Envoy. Extraordinary of H. M. the Queen of the Netherlands
to the United States. 


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