No. 974.
Mr. Curry to Mr. Bayard.

No. 279.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose a communication from the minister for foreign affairs, with translation, informing me that in case of discharged or substituted sailors sent home the certificate of the United States consulate will be sufficient and the visa heretofore required on their passports will be dispensed with.

I have, etc.,

J. L. M. Curry.
[Inclosure in No. 279.—Translation.]

Mr. Moret to Mr. Curry.

My Dear Sir: I have-the honor to inform you that my colleague, the minister of the colonies, in a communication of the 25th ultimo, informs me that there is no objection to suppressing the requirement of the visa placed by the civil governor on passports of American sailors who after discharge or substitution are sent home to their country. In the future the certificates issued by the United States consulate will be sufficient and the above-mentioned customs will be suppressed.

In communicating to you the above in reply to the notes of the legation of December 27 of last year and of the 16th of last June, in proof of the interest with which the Government of Tier-Majesty tries to gratify as far as possible the wishes of the North American Government,

I avail, etc.,

S. Moret.