No. 391.
Mr. Porter to Mr. Gurry.

Mr. Curry is informed that there is very urgent necessity that the commercial agreement made with him should be promptly and satisfactorily enforced in Cuba; that the authority granted by statute to the President to permit the continuance to Spain of the special privileges which had been granted, rested solely on the ground that these same privileges were to be accorded and continued to the United States; that if the latter are interrupted from any cause whatsoever, the President will be obliged to withdraw those accorded by the proclamation of 1884, and that there can be no delay, under the present condition of circumstances, in this withdrawal.