No. 450.
Mr. Frelinghuysen to Mr. Baker.

No. 286.]

Sir: I transmit herewith a copy of a note* from Mr. Soteldo, the chargé d’affaires of Venezuela here of the 8th of February last, in relation to the claim of John E. Wheelock against that Republic, and of my reply to Mr. Soteldo of the 4th instant, wherein I set forth the reasons which made it inexpedient and impracticable to accept the contention of the Venezuelan Government in that case.

You will accordingly renew the demand heretofore made in Mr. Wheelock’s behalf, and press it with all consistent dispatch to a speedy, and equitable conclusion. * * *

Adding that the correspondence upon this subject, subsequent to that contained in House Executive Document No. 87, Forty-eighth Congress, first session, is being prepared for transmission to that body as supplementing that of February 7.

I am, &c.,

  1. For inclosures see documents numbered 468 and 469 post.