Mr. Foster to Señor Bolet Peraza.


I have received your telegram stating you are authorized by your Government to buy and arm a steamer and asking instructions to the proper authorities in New York to avoid you trouble. Such a guarantee by the executive against independent judicial action is not practicable. The fact of de jure or titular government is to be proved like any other fact in the event of a case arising; and heretofore the action of the Department in analogous cases has been confined to furnishing, upon application of any court, a statement of the actual status of diplomatic relations between the United States and the government in question.

John W. Foster.