Mr. Thompson to Mr. Bayard.

No. 240.]

Sir: I have received to-day your No. 140, of the 13th instant, and in reply must acknowledge the oversight of not informing the Department of the notification at this legation, on the 30th of October last, that the ports of Jacmel and Port de Paix were decreed under blockade. Such decree never took effect at Jacmel, which remains, as are all the other ports on the southern coast of Hayti, viz, Miragoane, Petit Goane, Jeremie, Jacmel, and Aux Cayes, open to foreign trade.

I have, etc.,

John E. W. Thompson.