No. 424.
Mr. Moran to Mr. Evarts.

No. 176.]

Sir: Referring to your No. 94 and to my No. 156, I have now the honor to forward copies of a further correspondence which I have recently had with the Marquez d’Avila and Mr. Terry on the selection of a new site for the American naval cemetery at the island of St. Vincent.

It will be seen by the Portaria of the 3d of December that the King has given the necessary orders for the setting apart of the new cemetery, and the transfer to it of the remains now deposited in the old cemetery. I have instructed Mr. Terry to co-operate with the governor-general of the province of Cape Verde in effecting the needful change, and I am encouraged by the prompt action of the Marquez d’Avila in the case now to hope for the early and satisfactory settlement of this vexed question. But I shall inform myself from time to time of the progress made in carrying out the new order, and should any unnecessary delay attend the execution of it, I will take such steps to remove such delay as I may deem advisable under the circumstances.

I have, &c.,

BENJAMIN MORAN.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 176.]

Mr. Moran to the Marquez d’Avila.

Monsieur le Ministre: Before replying to your excellency’s letter of the 18th of June, ultimo, with reference to your proposal for the final settlement of the question of the American cemetery at St. Vincent, Cape Verde, I submitted that proposal to my government and asked for definite instructions in reply thereto. These I have now received and hasten to acquaint you with their contents.

Your excellency states that the governor-general of Cape Verde has no hesitation in granting such land as the American Government desires for this purpose, in another situation and with due regard to public and private interests; that in the decent removal of the mortal remains existing in the original cemetery, the Consul shall be kept cognizant; and that the government of His Majesty will not fail to repeat the orders of the 3d of June, 1873, so soon as the wishes of the United States Government are known, viz, that a new American cemetery be marked out in consideration of the inconvenience of restoring the present cemetery.

I am desired, in reply, to express the gratification of my government on learning the good intentions of your excellency in the matter, and to say that they fully appreciate the reasons for which it is proposed to form a new cemetery, in preference to restoring the old one in accordance with Mr. Corvo’s promise. I am authorized to accept this proposal of your excellency, and to instruct the consul of the United States to co-operate with the local authorities, both in the selection of the site and in the transfer of the remains.

My government would, however, especially suggest that the new cemetery should he located entirely by itself, and not in contact with or near any other cemetery. They would also express a desire that the new location be selected and the transfer of the remains be carried out as soon as possible.

I avail myself, &c.,

BENJAMIN MORAN.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 176.—Translation.]

The Marquez d’Avila to Mr. Moran .

In reply to the note which your excellency was pleased to address to me on the 19th of November last, I have the honor to place in your hands, for your own information and [Page 738] that of your government, the inclosed copy of a royal order of the 3d instant, forwarded by the minister of marine and colonies to the governor-general of the province of Cape Verde, by which it is decreed that there be set apart in a fitting situation the ground required for the new cemetery of American citizens in the island of Saint Tin-cent, in conformity with the terms of the said order.

I avail myself, &c.,

MARQUEZ D’AVILA E DE BOLAMA.
[Inclosure 3 in No. 176.—Translation.]

Portaria respecting the cemetery.

The chargé d’affaires of the United States of America at this court having pressed for; a settlement of the question concerning a cemetery for citizens of his nation in the island of Saint Vincent de Cape Verde, and information being given by an official letter from the ministry of foreign affairs, of the 20th of November last, that the said diplomatist accepts, by order of his government, the offer made to him of the concession of another site for the construction of a new cemetery, instead of the restoration of the old—

His Majesty the King thinks fit to decree, with reference to the order issued from this ministry on the 3d July, 1873, that there be set apart, in an appropriate place for a new cemetery for American citizens, in the said island of Saint Vincent, the requisite site, saving public and private interests; every proceeding in all this matter being done in accord with the respective consul of the United States and with the local authorities; and that, with the least possible delay, there be carried out the removal to the said cemetery of the bones found in the old cemetery; all due formalities being observed in this matter.

All of which His said august Majesty orders to be communicated, through the ministry of marine and colonies, to the governor-general of the province of Cape Verde for due action therein.


JOSÉ DE MELLO GOUVELA.

Countersigned:
Francisco J. da C. Silva.

Countersigned: Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, December 17, 1877,
Emilio Achille Monteverde.
[Inclosure 4 in No. 176.]

Mr. Moran to the Marquez d’Avila.

Monsieur le Minister: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the note which your excellency addressed to me on the 17th instant, inclosing for my information and that of my government, a copy of a royal order of the 3d instant, forwarded by the minister of marine to the governor-general of the province to Cape Verde, by which it is decreed that there be set apart, in a fitting situation, the ground required for a new cemetery of American citizens in the island of Saint Vincent, and the transfer thereto of the remains contained in the old cemetery.

I shall at once communicate a copy of this order to Mr. Terry, the United States consul at Santiago, and instruct him to co-operate with the governor-general of Cape Verde in carrying out its requirements; and I shall also forward copies of your excellency’s note, and of the portaria in question, to my government, which is very anxiois that the cemetery may be established as early as possible.

I avail myself, &c.,

BENJAMIN MORAN.
[Inclosure 5 in No. 176.]

Mr. Moran to Mr. Terry .

Sir: I have now the honor to inform you that his excellency the Marquez d’Avila e de Bolama addressed a note to me on the 18th of June last, in reference to the naval cemetery at Porto Grande.

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His excellency informs me that the Governor-general of Cape Verde will readily grant such land as the United. States Government may require for a cemetery in another situation than the present, so that it he without prejudice to public or private interests; and that in the selection of the site and in the removal of the mortal remains from the original cemetery nothing shall be done without your cognizance.

The marquez proposes this as preferable to the restoration of the original cemetery as offered by Mr. Corvo.

The United States Government assents to the marquez’s reasons, and accepts this offer, but adds that it is desirable that the site selected should be separate from, and at a distance from, any other cemetery. This proviso I have mentioned to the marquez, and before I receive his reply I think it right to inform you of what is passing, that you may sound the local authorities on the matter, should occasion arise, and perhaps be able to suggest such a site as may be agreeable with the views of our government, and may be granted by the Governor-general.

You will, however, take no decisive action until you again hear from me.

I have, &c.,

BENJAMIN MORAN.
[Inclosure 6 in No. 176.]

Mr. Moran to Mr. Terry.

Sir: Referring to my note of the 19th November ultimo, I have now the honor to forward herewith a copy of a royal portaria, dated the 3d and 17th instant, by which it will be seen that the governor-general of the Cape Verde Islands has been finally instructed to provide a new American cemetery at Porto Grande, Saint Vincent. You will please consult with his excellency as to the selection of a new site, removal of the remains, and restoration of monuments as far as possible, and inform me from time to time what progress has been made in carrying out the instructions of His Most. Faithful Majesty’s Government in the case.

You will also take such steps as you may deem necessary to effect the early completion of the new cemetery and the transfer of the remains, bearing in mind my former instructions that it should be separate and at a distance from any other cemetery.

I have, &c.,

BENJAMIN MORAN.