No. 358.
Mr. Bassett to Mr. Fish.

No. 241.]

Sir: Asking reference to my No. 231, of July 17, 1873, I have the honor to state that I have been favored with the reading of a dispatch addressed by Earl Granville, under date August 1, ultimo, to Her Britannic Majesty’s minister resident here and chargé d’affaires to St. Domingo, in which his lordship instructs my colleague to inform the government of St. Domingo that Her Majesty’s government have determined, with the view of avoiding further difficulties in the future, to abandon the practice which has heretofore existed of receiving politica [Page 585] refugees in Her Majesty’s consulates and vice consulates throughout that republic. His lordship further commands my colleague to give knowledge of this determination of Her Majesty’s government to all Her Majesty’s consular offices in the republic of St. Domingo.

The prediction made on this subject in my No. 196, of the 19th of March last, and again in my No. 231, of July 17th, has thus been fully verified.

I am, &c.,