Mr. de La Reintrie to Mr. F. W. Seward.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith an extract of an official letter of the 29th ultimo, received from Mr. Richard Gibbs, the consular agent of the United States at Nuevitas, one of the dependencies of this consulate general.
I inclose, also, a copy of the bond referred to by Mr. Gibbs in his communication.
You will perceive that the evil complained of arises from a police regulation of this island respecting free persons of color coining to this island.
In view of the facts set forth in Mr. Gibbs’s letter, I would respectfully request your instructions, in order, if possible, to remove this restriction and tax upon the free colored people and commerce of the United States.
I have not deemed it proper to address myself directly to the captain general upon the subject before ascertaining the views and instructions of the department.
This question has, I understand, been hitherto referred to the Department of State, but it has not received, so far as I am informed, a definite reply or solution.
I am, sir, with great respect, your very obedient servant,
Hon. F. W. Seward, Assistant Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.