Mr. Langston to Mr. Frelinghuysen.
Port-au-Prince, April 13, 1883. (Received April 30.)
Sir: I have the honor to transmit as herewith inclosed the correspondence passing between the Haytian Government and this legation in regard to the bombardment of Miragoâne.
The dispatch of Mr. Damier, a copy of which, with translation, is transmitted, announces that, after a notice of twenty-four hours accorded to the insurgents there assembled to surrender, the city of Miragoâne will be bombarded with all the rigors of military law; that the President, having taken all the precautions to spare the country new evils, will leave the consequences thereof to whom it may concern; that notice of the blockade of the port has already been given; that in his care to protect foreign interests located in this country the President has directed the secretary to give notice of the ultimatum addressed to the insurgents, in order that our citizens may take the usual precautions in such case; that such citizens be made to quit the port with their ships, their proximity to the wharf rendering their situation dangerous; that orders have been given the commandant of the Haytian fleet to render assistance in such behalf, notwithstanding the blockade; and that after said notice all risks will be taken by those exposing themselves.
Then the secretary takes occasion to announce that shots have been fired from foreign vessels in the harbor of Miragoâne at the troops of the Haytian Government, and he concludes by stating that a steamer of the Government leaves the port of Port-au-Prince in the evening, and that the captain has been ordered to carry any packages addressed to our citizens or agents at Miragoâne.
My dispatch dated the 4th instant, a copy of which is herewith transmitted, while reserving all rights which may pertain to any Citizen of the United States being or residing at Miragoâne under the circumstances, acknowledges the receipt of the dispatch of Mr. Damier.[Page 581]
Further, it is denied in my dispatch that any shots have been fired from any American vessel in the harbor of Miragoâne at the troops of? the Haytian Government.
It will be perceived I did not receive Mr. Dander’s dispatch till 12 o’clock at night, too late, if I had been disposed to do so, to take any special action in the premises, and too late for the steamer of the Government to deliver packages addressed to our citizens or agents in Miragoâne.
I am, &c.,