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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, 3d Marquess of Salisbury (1830–1903)
QUOTATION: The Government of the United States is not entitled to affirm as a universal proposition, with reference to a number of independent States for whose conduct it assumes no responsibility, that its interests are necessarily concerned in whatever may befall those States simply because they are situated in the Western Hemisphere.
ATTRIBUTION: LORD SALISBURY, letter to Sir Julian Pauncefote, November 26, 1895.—U.S. Department of State, Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States … 1895, part 1, p. 566 (1896).

Lord Salisbury was objecting to U.S. Secretary of State Richard Olney’s interpretation of the Monroe Doctrine in Venezuela’s boundary dispute with Great Britain. This interpretation, which maintained U.S. right to intervene in international disputes in the Western Hemisphere, is known as the Olney Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine.
SUBJECTS: Foreign policy