No. 78.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Hall.

No. 525.]

Sir: In connection with my 517 of the 5th ultimo, concerning the contract between the agent of the Spanish Central-American line of steamers and the Government of Costa Rica, touching the rebate of 5 per cent, on importations in those steamers, I have now to apprise you of the receipt of a letter from the Acting Secretary of the Treasury, dated the 14th ultimo, saying that in view of the statement of the agent of the Pacific Mail Steam-ship Company, the parties most interested, and of which report is made in my No. 516 of the 2d ultimo, to the effect that the Central American governments are expected shortly to withdraw the discrimination against vessels of the United States, that Department does not deem it expedient to take any action at present in the matter, but asks this Department to advise it of any further developments.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.