No. 651.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Thompson.

No. 120.]

Sir: Your telegram of the 10th instant, having been made known to the Naval Department, the Secretary of the Navy has ordered the Galena to Haytian waters. I transmit a copy of his letter on the subject.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.
[Inclosure in No. 120.]

Mr. Whitney to Mr. Bayard.

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of this date with regard to a telegram from the United States minister at Port au Prince, representing the urgent necessity for armed vessels of the United States in Haytian waters.

In reply I have to say that an order has been sent to Rear-Admiral Luce, commanding the North Atlantic Squadron, directing him to send the Galena to Cape Haytien [Page 905] and Port au Prince without delay. Her commanding officer will he instructed to remain in Haytien waters as long as he may think it necessary or advisable, but will be authorized to return north should tranquillity have been restored, as it is not considered wise to unnecessarily retain vessels in that climate at this season.

Very, etc.,

W. C. Whitney,
Secretary of the Navy.