Dear Sir: I beg to own receipt of your communication of 10th instant, inclosing to me a document, whereby freedom is granted to five of your negresses, which document you desire me to present to one of the notaries public of this city to be recorded.

In reply I would state that, in view of the embargo lately laid upon your property by the superior government of the island, this consulate can take no action in ths premises without specific instructions from the Department of State. Should the document be transmitted through the medium of the Department, this consulate will act according to directions which may be given.

I therefore return the inclosure, regretting that I cannot assist you in accomplishing your philanthropic intention.

Your obedient servant,


Mr. Felix Govin y Pinto,
No. 109 Water Street, New York.