to Mr. Jarvis
Sir: I telegraphed you on the 1st instant:
You may continue to use good offices to facilitate further extension
of time for laying Pedro Segundo cable. The company represents its
intention and capacity to complete the work under its existing
contracts. Acknowledge reception.
I now inclose a copy of the letter from the secretary of the company,
pursuant to which the above instruction was sent.
The Department will be gratified to hear that the promoters of the enterprise
are successful in their efforts to afford to the commerce of the United
States and Brazil the increased telegraphic facilities promised by their
I am, etc.,
[Inclosure in No. 70.]
Mr. Wilmot to Mr.
August —, 1887.
(Received August 31.)
Sir: Referring to the subject of our last
communication of February 21, 1887, and the favorable consideration by
you of our request therein contained, we take the liberty of again
addressing you and to say: That the Brazilian Government granted the
extension then sought, but owing to unforeseen and unavoidable delays in
carrying out our contracts for construction it has been impossible for
us to complete and lay our cable within the time of the extension, which
will expire the coming month of September.
We have applied to the Brazilian Government for a further extension, and
if it is granted we shall be able to give to the commerce of this
country the much needed independent-cable communication with South
We therefore most respectfully request that you direct, as to you may
seem proper, the American representative in Rio de Janeiro to assure the
Brazilian Government of the continued good faith of the officers and
directors of this company in this great work, and to aid the company’s
agent before that Government to obtain the further extension.
With respect, etc.,