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visional President to the project of the electoral law which the Commission has accepted in principle. Various details in the draft law are now being considered by a Commission of lawyers representing the various political parties and myself, and it is my belief that this final revision can be completed within the next three days. I have assured myself that the Acting Military Governor and the American Minister are provided with an official copy of the Plan of Evacuation, as well as with copies of all the supplementary agreements entered into by the members of the Commission and myself. I have further arranged that in the event of any disagreement resulting between the Provisional Government and the Military Government that the matter will be resolved by conference between the members of the Commission, the Acting Military Governor, and the American Minister. It is my belief that in this way unnecessary friction between the Military Government and the Provisional Government can be avoided.

As I informed the Department in my cable of October 19, 10 a.m.,49 the duties and obligations of the Provisional Government are clearly defined and are as clearly understood by both the members of the Commission and the members of the Provisional Government. The Provisional President is obligated to promulgate the election law within two weeks after he receives the project from the members of the Commission. He will thereafter promulgate the laws providing for the re-organization of the Provinces and Communes handed him by the members of the Commission, which projects have already been approved by me. The election law will therefore probably be promulgated before the end of November. The law will determine the extent of the period of registration, and this period, in my judgment, should be from forty-five to sixty days. The electoral period, as fixed by the present Constitution, will therefore not commence until the middle or end of the month of January, 1923. I do not anticipate the arising of any difficulties before that period. A realignment of political parties will, in my opinion, undoubtedly take place before that time, and such realignment will, I believe, lessen the possibility of political disturbances. While it is as yet impossible to assume with any certainty what that realignment will be, I consider it probable that the Partido Nacional, headed by General Vasquez, will effect a fusion with the Partido Progresista, headed by Señor Velasquez. If such fusion takes place, the candidates supported by those two parties will undoubtedly prove victorious in the general elections. The only hope for the Liberal Party to maintain its present strength lies in its securing the consent of Señor Peynado to run as Presidential candidate of that party. .. I have [etc.]


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839.00/2648 : Telegram

Provisional President Burgos to President Harding 50


SANTO DOMINGO, October 30, 1922. I should be pleased if, for the sake of the success of the liberation plan, the mission of the Honorable Sumner Welles should not terminate before the inauguration of the Constitutional President.


839.00/2648 : Telegram

President Harding to Provisional President Burgos


WASHINGTON, November 8, 1922. I beg to acknowledge the receipt of your telegram of October 30th, requesting that Mr. Welles' Mission should not be terminated until the inauguration of the Constitutional President. I take this opportunity to assure you of my earnest wish to assist you and the Dominican people in any way possible. I understand that Mr. Welles will soon arrive in Washington and the Department of State will discuss with him the matter proposed by Your Excellency, and, in the event of his inability to return, the best means of carrying out the Plan signed by him and the gentlemen of the Dominican Commission.


839.00/2659a : Telegram The Secretary of State to the Minister in the Dominican Republio


WASHINGTON, November 28, 1922—7 p.m. 30. From Welles.

Please advise Department by cable whether Election Law has been promulgated by the Provisional Government, and if not, probable date of such promulgation.


* A similar telegram, undated, was received by the Department Oct. 30, 1922, from the Dominican Commissioners-Archbishop Nouel, Horacio Vasquez, Federico Velasquez, E. Brache, Francisco J. Peynado (file no. 839.00/2647).

* Similar telegram sent by the Department to the Dominican Commissioners, Nov. 4, 1922 (file no. 839.00/2647).

839.00/2660 : Telegram

The Minister in the Dominican Republic (Russell) to the Secretary

of State

SANTO DOMINGO, November 29, 1922noon.

[Received November 30—10 a.m.] 46. Your telegram number 30, November 28, 7 p. m. Cable as received does not show what law is meant. Electoral law not yet promulgated. Commission has been in session at the Legation for the past ten days and the law will probably be in condition for publication within a week or ten days but will not be promulgated by the Provisional Government until the people have had the opportunity to criticise and suggest changes.



BOND ISSUE OF $10,000,000 6

839.51/2251 : Telegram

The Chargé in the Dominican Republic (Herod) to the Secretary

of State

SANTO DOMINGO, January 4, 1922–3 p.m.

[Received January 5—12:07 p.m.] 2. Of the $500,000 certificates the Department has just undertaken to float $320,000 will be necessary for salaries in arrears leaving $180,000 for public works provided certificates are sold at par. Completion of Santo Domingo Monte Christi highway will cost $400,000 and could be done by May 1st next. Military Government informs me intention is to finish this road even by contracting debts.

The Government is engaged in working out details of a sales tax which it is the intention of the Admiral to have imposed.


839.51/2251 : Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the Dominican Republic


WASHINGTON, January 7, 1922—9 p.m. 1. Your 2, January 4, 3 p. m., reference to Military Government informing you that it is its intention to finish highway even by con

For previous correspondence relating to financial affairs of the Dominican Republic, see Foreign Relations, 1921, vol. I, pp. 854 ff.

tracting debts. You will inform Acting Military Governor by letter for information of Dominican Government that Department communicated its assent to Secretary of the Navy to issuance of certificates by Military Government with the expression of a strong hope that latter would keep its current expenditures within its current revenues, and that pending consideration of a bond issue by Military Government if necessary to retire the certificates that Government would make no commitments whatever which could not be met out of the proceeds of the present issue of certificates of indebtedness or the current revenues. Report your action hereunder and pursuant to Department's instruction 429, December 23,53 and telegram 27, December 21, 1 p. m."


839.51/2254 : Telegram

The Chargé in the Dominican Republic (Herod) to the Secretary

of State

SANTO DOMINGO, January 9, 1922—2 p.m.

[Received January 10—9:45 p.m.] 3. Your 1, January 7, 2 p.m. My action was to give [Military Governor) as instructed your 27, December 21, 1 p.m. I gave Military Governor copy of paraphrase of same made for Legation files. Your instructions number 429, December 23rd has not been received vet. The Dominican Government is still unable to sell the certificates here.


839.51/2255 : Telegrany

The Chargé in the Dominican Republic (Herod) to the Secretary

of State

SANTO DOMINGO, January 16, 1922—2 p.m.

[Received 4:35 p.m.] 4. Your 1, January 7, 2 p.m. Your instruction number 429 received to-day and I have sent Acting Military Governor enclosure in the manner directed.


Ibid., p. 866. * Not printed.

839.51/2252a The Under Secretary of State (Fletcher) to the Secretary of the

Navy (Denby)

(WASHINGTON,) January 18, 1922. Sir: In my letter to you of December 29, 1921,45 I informed you that this Department had decided, after a careful study of the matter, to give its authorization to an issue of $500,000 of six months certificates of indebtedness by the Military Government of the Dominican Republic. In that letter it was also stated that it might be understood that the Department of State would, at the proper time, give its sanction to a bond issue by that Government sufficient to retire these certificates of indebtedness at maturity, if such bond issue proved to be necessary for that purpose.

In your letter of acknowledgment of December 31, 1921,66 you informed me of the directions issued by you to the Military Governor of Santo Domingo, together with the officer administering the affairs of the Department of Finance and Commerce for the Military Gov. ernment, to proceed to Washington for discussion and consultation on the affairs of the Dominican Republic.

I am now informed by the Military Governor and the officer administering the affairs of the Department of Finance and Commerce for the Military Government, who are now in Washington, that the bankers who are willing to advance money against the certificates of indebtedness referred to, require the Military Government to deposit with them as collateral security a bond covering the amount necessary to retire the certificates of indebtedness at their maturity, if a bond issue at that time should prove to be necessary for their retirement. It would, therefore, seem that the sanction referred to in my letter of December 29, 1921, to a bond issue should now be given. It is to be understood, however, that the other conditions under which this Department's authorization was given in my letter under reference continue fully operative.

The consent of this Government to the increase of the public debt of the Dominican Republic is, therefore, now requested by the Military Government of Santo Domingo pursuant to the provisions of the

Convention providing for the assistance of the United States in the collection and application of the customs revenues of the Dominican Republic”, concluded February 8, 1907,57 Article 3 of which reads as follows:

“III. Until the Dominican Republic has paid the whole amount of the bonds of the debt its public debt shall not be increased except by

6 Foreign Relations, 1921, vol. I, p. 870.
* Not printed.
For text of convention, see Foreign Relations, 1907, pt. 1, pp. 307 ff.


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