No. 276.
Mr. Walker to Mr. Bayard.

No. 89.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 54, of January 11 last, inclosing a copy of a dispatch to you from Minister Roberts, in regard to the existence of cholera in Chilian ports and the quarantine regulations at Panama.

There being no information at this legation as to the nature of these regulations, I to day addressed a note on the subject to the minister of [Page 410] foreign affairs, a copy of which I inclose herewith. As soon as an answer is received I shall transmit you a copy of it, and inform you what other steps I may find it expedient to take in the matter.

I have, etc.,

John G. Walker,
[Inclosure in No. 89.]

Mr. Walker to Mr. Restrepo.

John G. Walker, chargé d’affaires of the United States, presents his compliments to His Excellency Vicente Restrepo, minister of foreign affairs, and respectfully requests to be informed what quarantine regulations have been established at Panama as to vessels coming from Chilian ports where it is thought cholera prevails. While the United States Government would in no wise object to such precautions as maybe necessary to prevent the introduction of cholera into Colombian ports, it deprecates any unnecessary restrictions upon commerce and the free passage across the Isthmus of Panama.