No. 455.
Mr. Frelinghuysen to Mr. Baker.

No. 294.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 892 of the 10th ultimo, relative to the order of the President of Venezuela for the arrest and imprisonment of Mr. John Dalton, United States consul [Page 584] at Ciudad Bolivar, and to approve your promptness in seeking to interpose your protest in behalf of American citizens.

I now inclose for your information a copy of my note* of the 2d instant upon the subject to Mr. Soteldo, the Venezuelan minister at this capital, and observe that before instructing you further in the premises, the Department will await your promised report with full and explicit particulars of the case, which it is not doubted you will transmit without unnecessary delay.

I am, &c.,

  1. For inclosure see document numbered 472,post.