to Mr. Evarts.
Caracas, January 24, 1879. (Received February 20.)
Sir: I send herewith a copy and translation of a communication from the minister of exterior relations, of date 15th instant, announcing a resolution of the national executive the preceding day, requiring cargoes destined for Puerto Cabello to discharge at La Guayra. I also send a copy of my reply, of date 22d instant, objecting to this proceeding. Both documents are connected with a question of sufficient gravity to demand your serious attention. The only practical effect of this action, so far as I am yet advised, is the prohibition of vessels arriving at La Guyara, or I presume any other port under the control of the government, with destination to Puerto Cabello, from proceeding to the latter port. This is a feature of the case to which I invite your special attention.
The dispatch quoted from in my reply you will find to be No. 11 to Mr. Partridge.
I have, &c.,