Mr. Bonsal to Mr. Gresham.

No. 4.]

Sir: I beg to inclose a copy in English of Mr. Snowden’s note to the minister of state, in regard to his interview of May 27, under date of May 31, and also the reply in Spanish and English from the minister of state, under date of June 2.

I have, etc.,

Stephen Bonsal.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 4.]

Mr. Snowden to Señor Moret.

Excellency: Referring to the happy results arrived at on the 27th instant, in the conference I had the honor to have with your excellency and his excellency the minister of Ultramar on the Carolines incident, I write to say that under my instructions the conclusions reached and the terms agreed upon are satisfactory to my Government.

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In our conference it was agreed:

  • First. That the American missionaries are to be permitted to return to Ponapé and resume their civilizing work, under conditions that will afford protection to their persons and property.
  • Second. His Majesty’s Government agrees to pay to the United States the sum of seventeen thousand five hundred dollars ($17,500) in full settlement of all claims of the missionaries.

I beg your excellency will honor me with a note confirming the above-named agreement entered into by the representatives of His Majesty’s Government and myself as the representative of the United States of America.

I avail myself of this opportunity to assure you of the pleasure I experience at the happy termination of an unfortunate and irritating incident long pending between our two countries and to convey to your excellency an expression of my hearty appreciation of your generous and effective efforts which so largely conduced to its final adjustment.

I seize, etc.,

a. Loudon Snowden.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 4.—Translation.]

Señor Moret to Mr. Snowden.

My Dear Sir: On acknowledging receipt of your excellency’s note dated May 31 last, I have the pleasure to confirm the good impressions caused to your excellency by your interview with the minister of the colonies and myself, which took place on the 27th of May last. In said interview we in fact agreed that in consideration of the delivery of $17,500 every claim presented to Spain either by the Methodist missionaries who resided during the last years in the Caroline Islands, or by Mr. Doane and by the United States Government would finally be ended.

With regard to the return to the island of Ponapé of the above-mentioned missionaries your excellency will doubtless remember that in the alluded-to conference ray colleague, the minister of ultramar (the colonies) insisted upon the idea that this matter was considered by him entirely separated and independent from the settlement of the pending disputes relating to the pecuniary indemnity. In spite of this it is my duty to say that the Spanish Government never placed any obstacle to said return, nor does it place any now, but it has always stated that it (the Government) would consider the said return dangerous as long as the authorities of that island do not give the Government the assurances that it has at its disposal permanent means to guarantee their absolute safety.

It is therefore definitely understood that the Government reserves the right of fixing the moment when the above referred to missionaries may return to the island of Ponapé, and that if they should return before that moment the Spanish Government rejects all responsibility for the dangers which may be run by their persons and properties.

For my part it is very gratifying to me to state also to your excellency the pleasure with which his majesty the King’s Government sees the happy termination of a long-pending controversy and which gave occasion for unpleasant discussions between both countries.

The United States Government and your excellency, as its worthy representative, have shown with this motive the friendly dispositions which Spain gladly acknowledges and which tend to render more intimate the intercourse with both countries.

I avail, etc.,

S. Moret.