Mr. Preston to Mr. Bayard.


Deputy collector of customs, after consultation with district attorney, intends to clear this noon the Madrid, now called the Conserva. In view of the proofs I am ready to furnish, establishing that the Madrid is Haytian rebel property concealed under the flag of their Dominican allies, in view of the further facts stated in my note of yesterday, and in view of the state of war between the Republics of Hayti and Santo Domingo, I must earnestly request that positive and immediate orders be given to detain the Madrid.

Stephen Preston.