to Mr. Bassett.
Washington, September 21, 1875.
Sir: This Departments informed by that of the Navy that pursuant to our request for a man-of-war at Port au Prince the United States steamer Powhatan, Captain James E. Jouett, which is the bearer of this communication, will proceed thither. We have no further dispatches from you. It is hoped, however, that before the arrival of the Powhatan the question relative to the refugees will be satisfactorily settled. We are aware of no sufficient reason for the Haytian government to take offense at the visit of that vessel or to suppose that it has been occasioned by any hostile purpose or by any intention unduly to influence its decision upon that delicate subject.
I am, &c.,