to Mr. Bassett.
Washington, June 25, 1873.
Sir: I transmit a copy of a letter of yesterday, addressed to this Department by Messrs. A. S. Lazarus & Co., of New York. It complains of a recent act of the Legislature of Hayti prohibiting the exportation of specie, which they say will operate to the disadvantage of those who had imported specie there for purposes of trade, as it deprives them of their option of again exporting it if such should be preferred.
It is usual for acts of the kind to be prospective in their operation, so that merchants may have due warning. If the Haytian Legislature should in this instance have disregarded the practice, parties who may thereby have been injured have an equitable claim to relief. You will so inform that government, and report to the Department upon the subject.
I am, &c.,