No. 591.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Valera.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 10th instant, and of the check on Messrs. Riggs & Co. for $7,987.80 which it inclosed, being an amount of taxes or fees on shipment of cattle (over and above a certain charge) exacted by the Spanish consul at Key West in 1882, and paid by certain American shippers, James McKay and others. The amount returned will be delivered to the persons thereto entitled.

Accept, &c.,