Mr. Adee to Mr. Scruggs.

No. 278.]

Sir: Upon the receipt of your telegram of the 22d instant, asking that a vessel of the U. S. Navy be dispatched forthwith to La Guayra, I communicated copy thereof to the Secretary of the Navy.

Pending arrangments to dispatch a vessel, the arrival of the mail steamer Caracas on the 26th brought dispatches from your legation and our consuls throwing light upon the urgency of your request.

In regard to the reported taking of six passengers from the steamer Caracas, at Puerto Cabello, by order of Gen. Urdaneta, the Department awaits full particulars of the occurrence before giving you positive instructions.

I am, sir, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee,
Acting Secretary.