Mr. Bayard to Mr. Scott.
Washington, March 22, 1888.
Sir: I inclose copy of a dispatch from our consul at Puerto Cabello complaining that he has been prevented from going on board American vessels at that port by Government officials, unfurnished with a permit in writing from the collector of the port.
You are instructed to make a courteous application to the Government of Venezuela to permit by some general regulation the consuls of [Page 1641] the United States to visit vessels of their nationality in their official capacity without a special permit from the local authorities.
I am, etc.,