Señor Bolet Peraza to Mr. Foster.


Sir: I am advised that a shipment of arms, of ammunition of war, for hostilities against the Government of Venezuela, is in preparation at the port of Baltimore; and that, in order to give a semblance of lawfulness to said shipment, the vessel will be cleared at the consulate of Venezuela at Baltimore, which is no longer in existence, since my Government has discontinued said consulate.

I beg your excellency to be pleased to inform the Secretary of the Treasury that the Government of Venezuela has no consul in Baltimore; and that whatever clearance may be given by any person styling himself the consul of Venezuela there, is not to be accepted as valid by the Baltimore custom-house.

With sentiments, etc.,

N. Bolet Peraza.