Mr. Hall to
Guatemala, November 8, 1886. (Received December 1.)
Sir: Your instruction No. 379 of the 12th of August, inclosing a copy of an interest-bearing bond purporting to have been issued by Nicaragua in 1856, was received at the legation during my absence in Honduras. Upon my return, in September, I addressed a note to the minister for foreign affairs of Nicaragua, requesting such information as he might be able to give as to the genuineness of the bond in question. I now inclose a copy and translation of his reply, in which is transcribed a communication upon the subject from the minister of the treasury.
It is alleged that no record exists of the decree of the 28th August, 1856, under which the supposed bond is said to have been issued, nor any of the bond itself. The minister infers from the dates mentioned that it is the work of the so-called Walker Government, whose acts have never been recognized by any Government of Nicaragua since that time.
I have, etc.,