Mr. Noyes to Mr. Blaine.
Paris, May 16, 1881. (Received May 31.)
Sir: As I had the honor of informing you by my cipher dispatch of the 6th instant, immediately after receiving your telegram of the same day in relation to the Venezuelan matter, I repaired to the foreign office, and explained your desire to M. Barthelemy St. Hilaire.
He said he was grateful to you for the kind intervention, and that he would take it into consideration with every disposition to accept your proposition, but that the circumstances of the case were such that some deliberation was necessary. He then stated, with all due caption of language, that the Venezuelan Government had not acted fairly with France; that after agreeing to certain payments, it had, under different pretexts, abstained from keeping its engagements, and that now, contrary to a plain understanding and a written pledge, it wanted to give preference over the claims of France, or to place on the same footing, other claims which were not entitled to such treatment.
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He promised, however, that he would act promptly, and in order to facilitate his answer I left with him a note embodying the substance of your dispatch. My telegram of the 14th instant gave you a resumé of this answer, which I now send in full with a translation. Mr. de Rojas, the minister of Venezuela here, whose official relations with the French Government are now suspended, has called on me to-day and has expressed the hope that the Government of the United States will continue to intervene, in order in some equitable manner to settle the pending difficulty, and that as prompt action as is convenient will be had.
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