No. 172.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Scruggs.

No. 74.]

Sir: I have received your No. 239, of the 2d of October, referring to the proposed establishment by Colombia of custom-houses at Colon and Panama, and detailing your action in the direction of preventing this and providing for the continued freedom of the Isthmian transit.

Your action is quite consistent with that contemplated by one of the instructions—No. 2, of November 3—just given to the new minister, Mr. Jacob, on the same subject.

I inclose a copy of that instruction.

I am, &c.,

  1. For Inclosure, see document No. 170, page 223.