Mr. Durham to Mr. Gresham.

No. 184.]

Sir: Referring to the previous correspondence concerning the case of Frederick Mevs, the American who was illegally confined in a Haitian prison for twenty days and at the end of that period liberated for want of a case against him, I hereby beg to be instructed. Since the return of Mr. Haentjens, Haitian minister plenipotentiary to Washington, the Government seems to take a new view of the matter.

This morning I called on Mr. Marcelin, the minister for finance, now acting minister for foreign affairs, and learned that the Government has decided to do nothing at present.

I have, etc.,

John S. Durham.