to Mr. Evarts.
Lisbon, May 19, 1879. (Received June 4.)
Sir: Referring to instruction No. 141 from the Department of State, signed by Mr. Seward, I have now the honor to report that I addressed a note to Mr. Corvo in the sense thereof on the 5th instant, in reply to the complaints made to me by the Marquis d’Avila on the 31st December, 1877, of alleged violation of Portuguese laws and regulations by the masters of American whaling-ships visiting the Azores, and encouraging the departure from those islands of Portuguese subjects liable to conscription for military service, and especially the case of the captain of the William A. Grozier; and I also replied in the same note to Mr. Corvo’s letter to me of the 14th of March last, in which he says that American whaling-vessels are in the habit of contracting with crews in violation of the law in Fogo, one of the Cape de Verde Islands, and I now forward a copy of my above note for the information of the Department. Mr. Corvo has not yet replied, and probably will not do so soon.
I also add a copy of a letter from Mr. Terry of the 28th of April on the subject of American whalers taking men from the island of Fogo without the necessary papers from the authorities of the island, and a copy of a note based on Mr. Terry’s letter which I addressed to Mr. Corvo on the 17th instant.
It is clear, from Mr. Terry’s report, that no specific charges have been made against American ship-masters for violation of the law at Fogo, and it is to be hoped that the measures taken by Mr. Terry to warn American captains to observe the regulations in regard to these alleged shipments will put an end to further complaints.
I have, &c.,