No. 471.
Mr. Foster to Mr. Fish.

No. 121.]

Sir: Pursuant to the indication contained in your No. 71, of the 29th of January last, I addressed a note to the minister of foreign affairs on the 28th ultimo, (inclosure 1,) informing him that the promised statement of Mexican bonds sold in the United States would be awaited with interest by my Government; and on the 10th instant I received, in reply thereto; the brief memorandum (inclosure 2) which I inclose.

I am, &c.,

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[Inclosure 1 in No. 121.]

Mr. Foster to Mr. Lafragu.

Sir: In transmitting to the Department of State at Washington a copy of the memoir of the minister of finance of Mexico, I called attention to the fact that said memoir, in giving a statement of the public debt of the government of Mexico, made no mention of the bonds sold in, and mainly held by, citizens of the United States. I also stated in my dispatch that the Hon. Mr. Mejia, minister of finance, had kindly offered to have prepared and sent to me a detailed statement of said bonds. In a dispatch under date of January 29, the Secretary of State informs me that the statement indicated by the honorable minister of finance will be awaited with interest. Should your excellency’s government see proper to send to me such statement, I will take pleasure in forwarding it to the Department of State at Washington.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure 2 in No. 121.—Translation.]

Mr. Mejia to Mr. Lafragua.

Citizen Minister of Foreign Affairs:

Under date of yesterday the citizen treasurer-general of the nation says to me the following:

“In compliance with the supreme order No. 616, of yesterday, to the effect that I send you, as quickly as possible, a statement of Mexican bonds issued in the New York market, I have the honor to report as follows: 1. That of the $2,950,000 of bonds issued in San Carlos de Tamaulipas on the 4th of July, 1865, by the Citizen-General J. M. J. Carbajal, there remain unfunded $1,438,050, in 6,368 bonds, as follows:

695 bonds, letter L, of $50 each $34,750
3,583 bonds, letter C, of $100 each 358,300
2,090 bonds, letter D, of $500 each 1,045,000
6,368 bond, of the value of 1,438,050

“2. That of the $10,000,000 in bonds, issued by the Citizen-General Gaspar Sanchez Ochoa, in San Francisco, Cal., on the 1st of July, 1865, there remain unfunded $500,000, and these, according to the data existing in this treasury, are detained in the custody of Eugene Kelly & Co., of New York, by order of supreme court of that State. The numeration of the bonds corresponding to said $500,000 is not specified, because no information is obtainable as to the numeration of those which were lost at sea in May, 1868, on board the steamer Nevada, which represented a value of $3,750,000, nor of the actual bonds detained in the hands of Kelly & Co., as above mentioned.”

And I have the honor to transcribe the above to you, as the result of your communication of the 2d instant.

Independence and liberty.