Mr. Bassett to Mr. Fish.
Port au Prince, September 21, 1875. (Received October 11.)
Sir: I have the honor to represent tbat since the writing of my No. 389, of the 9th of August last, the situation relative to the refugees at my house here has remained essentially unchanged. The two refugees are still quietly occupying the suite of rooms which I gave them on the morning of the 3d of May last, and from which they have never since that date gone out. The hundreds of armed men, now for nearly five months stationed around my premises, still keep up their disagreeable, dangerous, and almost intolerable surveillance there. And the government here, emboldened * * * in regard to this matter by the delay it has already gained, which for it means at least a partial success, has thus far manifested no disposition to give relief from this deplorable condition of things. I respectfully invite your attention to my previous [Page 731] dispatches, numbered 379, 383, and 389, relating to this subject, and to the recommendations therein made for relief.
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I am, &c.,