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Federico Mejia, El Salvador, Republic of Honduras, Fernando Figueroa, George von Lengerke Meyer, Central American Republics, Washington Conventions, Central American Peace Conference


The document is a carbon copy of a typed letter from the Assistant Secretary of State to Federico Mejia concerning unauthorized actions by an American naval commander on the islands of Zacatillo and Zacate Grande.


Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson


Federico Mejia

Corresponds to:

Folder 1-8, Document 86


Washington, D.C.



May 1, 1909.

My dear Mr. Minister:

Under telegraphic instructions from your Government, you informed me this afternoon that our naval commander had asked permission to post some men on the Salvadorean Island, Zacatillo, and had made of the Government of Honduras a similar request with regard to the Honduranean Island of Zacate Grande. Under your instructions you also stated that while this action was entirely agreeable to your Government, still the President of Salvador feared that it might possibly make an impression in some quarters which might conceivably be a little detrimental to the cooperation of the United States and the Central American Republics in seeking to maintain the conditions which all sought by the Washington Conventions.

Such an apprehension would naturally be cogent in the view of the Department. Accordingly, the matter has been brought to the attention of the Secretary of the Navy. It appears that the Commander evidently in his anxiety to obstruct at this time the filibustering expeditions against Salvador and Honduras which you had informed us were apprehended, has asked this permission as a practical measure without, however, having received instructions to do so. At all events, in view of the opinion of the President of Salvador, telegraphic instructions have now been issued advising the Commander of the inexpediency from one point of view of the measure which he seems to have thought useful in the interests of Salvador and Honduras.

I am, my dear Mr. Minister,

Very sincerely yours,


Senor Don Federico Mejia
etc., etc., etc.,
Legation of Salvador.



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Letter From Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson to Federico Mejia, May 1, 1909



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