Mr. Adee to Señor Bolet Peraza.

Sir: Upon receipt last night of your telegram of yesterday’s date concerning the employment of the steamer South Portland in the interest of an insurrectionary movement in Venezuela, a copy was communicated to the Treasury Department, and I am informed in reply that orders have been sent to the collector of customs at New York to refuse clearance to the vessel pending an investigation of the facts alleged in your telegram.

Adding that it thus becomes incumbent upon you to produce proofs in support of your allegation that a violation of the neutrality laws of the United States is on foot, arid to set in motion the judicial machinery competent to determine the charge, I beg you to accept, etc.

Alvey A. Adee,
Acting Secretary.