to Mr. Bayard.
Lima, March 19, 1887. (Received April 14)
Sir: I herewith inclose copy of a note received on the 9th instant from the foreign office, with a translation and a copy of my reply.
The purpose of this request from the minister was to obtain information in aid of the tax assessor or collector in carrying into effect a law of contributions passed by the last Congress. Under this (in view of the decentralization law which was finally enacted, placing the obligation on the provinces and departments of their own support and management of their fiscal affairs—see relative to said act my No. 142, of August 20, 1866), among other things, a poll or head tax has been imposed.
I also inclose a copy of the decree of the sub-prefect of Lima, published March 3, and translation. I think a note similar to that I inclose from the foreign office has been sent to all the legations here.
I have, etc,