Mr. Boutelle to Mr. Bayard.
Washington , July 14, 1886. [Received July 15.]
Sir: Acknowledging receipt of your letter of 13th instant, stating that the view presented by me will receive due consideration, I beg to inclose herewith the affidavit of Stephen R. Balkam, of Eastport, setting forth the facts of the refusal of the commander of the cruiser Middleton to permit him to purchase herring at St. Andrews, New Brunswick, on Friday, July 9, 1886, as referred to in the telegram forwarded by me to the Department on the 10th instant.
I am, &c.,