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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

Nicaragua,   pp. 659-677 PDF (5.8 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1919, VOLUME II
for the extension until July 30th of the time of acceptance by the
British authorities of the offer made in settlement of this claim.
Accept [etc.]
For the Acting Secretary of State:
WILLIAM PHILLIPS
417.41/20
The British Charge' (Lindsay) to the Acting Secretary of State
No. 685                     WASHINGTON, September 20, 1919.
SIR: In your note of July 17th last on the subject of the so-called
"Legation Claim " against the Government of Nicaragua, you were
good enough to inform me that the Public Credit Commission at
Managua would extend until July 30th the time of acceptance by the
British authorities of the offer made in settlement of the claim of
£9000 in cash and £4000 in bonds.
I had myself informed Mr. Polk verbally in June that His Maj-
esty's Government would be willing to accept this offer; and the
extension of time was granted in order to allow His Majesty's Gov-
ernment to consult Mr. Consul Martin then proceeding to England
from Nicaragua, and so satisfy themselves that they should accept.
Till now I have been under the impression that His Majesty's Gov-
ernment had notified acceptance at Managua and that the matter was
ended, but I learn that owing to a misunderstanding between this
Embassy and the Foreign Office no such notification has been made.
I am now instructed to state officially that His Majesty's Govern-
ment are willing to accept the award of 29000 cash and £4000 bonds
in final settlement of the Legation Claim and in view of the explana-
tion in the foregoing paragraph, I beg to express the hope that the
Public Credit Commission will not allow an inadvertence to prevent
the definite closing of a long outstanding case. I trust you will find
it possible to influence the Nicaraguan authorities in this sense. If
they consent, I would request that payment be made to His Majesty's
Representative at Guatemala.
I have [etc.]                               R. C. LINDSAY
417.41/21
The Acting Secretary of State to the British Appointed Ambassador
(Grey)
WASHINGTON, October 25, 1919.
EXCELLENCY: Referring to Mr. Lindsay's note No. 685 of Septem-
ber 20, 1919, and to my reply of October 8, 1919,15 relative to the
so-called " Legation Claim " against the Government of Nicaragua,
1"Latter not printed.


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