Mr. Durham to Mr. Gresham.
Port an Prince, April 8, 1893. (Received April 15.)
Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your telegram of the 5th instant, instructing me to urge the fulfillment of the Mevs settlement, and to confirm my own of yesterday, asking whether I should accept Haitian paper as offered by the Haitian minister for foreign affairs.
I inclose copies of the correspondence exchanged this week. Inclosure No. 1 is my note to the acting minister stating that this legation considers the matter as closed and asking when I might look forward to the carrying out of the agreement.
On receiving this the acting minister called on me. He offered me $5,000, gold. I replied that the arrangement had been made for $6,000, and that the Government had accepted the arrangement. I told him that I would expose myself to the Department’s displeasure should I accept any reduction. He replied that he would not so expose me and that he would telegraph to the President of Haiti for instructions.
Yesterday I received his note, which I inclose with translation, in which he refers to the matter as closed at 6,000 gourdes, a reduction of 13 per cent, yesterday, with exchange very uncertain. It seemed such small business that I decided not to dicker with him. The written promise to pay was in our possession, and I replied in a note, of which I inclose a copy, asking him to permit me to receive your instructions before formally accepting the modification which his Government had made.
I have, etc.,