Mr. Blaine to Mr. Batcheller.
Washington, December 14, 1891.
Sir: I inclose a copy of a letter adressed by Mr. Samuel C. Reid to the President, urging that the Government of Portugal may be requested to present to the Government of the United States the cannon known as “Long Tom,” formerly part of the armament of the American private-armed brig General Armstrong, and now in the castle of San Juan, at Fayal.
Owing to the interesting association connected with the vessel mentioned, it is desired that the gun should be deposited in this city.
You may unofficially intimate to the Portuguese minister of foreign affairs that the presentation of this gun to our Government would be highly appreciated by the President; and if the Portuguese Government shall be favorably disposed, you may be able, while on your tour of inspection of the consulates, to arrange for its transportation to the United States.
I am, etc.,