to Mr. Evarts.
The Hague , September 19, 1879. (Received October 4.)
Sir: Referring to your No. 106, in which you say you have been requested by the Secretary of the Treasury to obtain certain information respecting the amount of gold and silver coin and bullion and paper currency in the Netherlands, and in which you instruct me to present interrogatories therein set forth to the minister of foreign affairs of His Majesty, I have the honor to state that on the 28th August last, I addressed a note to the minister for foreign affairs, a copy of which is hereto annexed.
The reply of his excellency, the minister, has been received, a copy of which, with a translation, is herewith inclosed, together with exhibits. On this subject, if reference be had to my dispatch, which should have been numbered 19 and to dispatch No. 21, a very full and elaborate report will be found, giving all the facts obtainable up to this date, viz, November 13, 1876. It was accompanied by a letter from the superintendent of the mint college at Utrecht, and the laws and decrees of Holland in regard to money. In the preparation of the report, I was favored with the personal assistance of Mr. Vrolix, ex-minister of finance, and regarded as the most reliable financier of Holland. This showing may be advantageously referred to.
The inclosed statement, while not so complete, gives the facts up to the present date.
I have, &c.,