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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)

Dominican Republic,   pp. 390-405 PDF (6.3 MB)


Page 402

402 FOREIGN RELATIONS. 
 Due and legal time has not been given me to inform my Government of this
decree, and in consequence thereof it will be impossible for our citizens
engaged in commerce with this Republic to become acquainted with the action
of your excellency's Government in closing the above-named ports before the
next steamer of the Clyde Steamship Company leaves for the ports of the Dominican
Republic. 
 In view of this fact, if the steamer reaches such ports with her papers
properly certified by the Dominican consul in New York, she should have the
right to discharge her cargo in those ports for which invoices have been
given, and I shall be forced to insist upon this right until instructed by
my Government otherwise. 
 I have the honor further to state to your excellency that a certain time
should have been named by your excellency's Government of its intention,
in order not to subject neutral commerce to serious loss. 
 I do not deny the right of your excellency's Government to close or blockade
the ports in the insurrectionary district, but in doing so such commerce
should have due 
and timely notice. - 
    Your excellency will accept, etc.,  W. F. POWELL, 
United States Chargé d'Affaires. 
JJ&. Powell to Ift. Hay. 
No. 632, San Domingo Series.] 
LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Santo Domingo Uity, October 30, 1903. 
 Sin: I have the honor to state to the Department that this Government, by
public proclamation, decreed that the ports of Monte Christi, Puerto Plata,
Sanchez, and Samana to he in a state of blockade, but no official notice
to this effect has been sent to any legation or consulate. 
 I may here mention for Department's information that though the GOvernment
has stated these ports to be blockaded both of their naval vessels are here,
and this is the only means they have to carry into effect the decree proclaimed
in the streets late yesterday. 
I have, etc., 
 W. F. POWELL. 
I&. Powell to JJIr. Hay. 
No. 639, Santo Domingo Series.] 
LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Santo Domingo Gity, November 3, 1903. 
 SIR: I have the honor to state to the Department that the steamship Uherokee,
of the Clyde Line, returned from Macoris, hoping to meet the Baltimore here
to convoy her to Samana and Puerto Plata. 
 The Baltimore not being here, she left for Samana at 5.30 p. rn. I instructed
the captain if he met the Baltimore to signal her, and gave to him a letter
for the commander, requesting him to see her safely to those ports. 
 I am unable to give a copy of the same, as it was written on board, the
captain having signaled me to come on board. 
 I have, etc., W. F. POWELL. 


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