Mr. Adee to Mr. Taylor.

No. 26.]

Sir: I inclose for your information a copy of a letter from the secretary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions at Boston of the 24th instant, and of my reply of the 27th, in regard to the reported settlement of the missionary troubles at Ponapé.

I am, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee,
Acting Secretary.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 26.]

Mr. Smith to Mr. Gresham.

Sir: I notice the following statement in a paper published on the Pacific coast under date of July 13, 1893:

“It is also stated in dispatches that Spanish papers express their satisfaction that U. S. Minister Snowden, before his departure, had successfully adjusted the negotiations for the readmission and compensation of the missionaries on the Caroline Islands.”

This news is very important if true. Permit me to request of you the favor that you will kindly inform me whether this dispatch is according to the facts. Has Mr. Snowden returned to this country from Madrid, and in what state did he leave the Caroline Islands question? If the matter has indeed been brought to a definite and happy conclusion, according to the tenor of the above dispatch, it is occasion for most sincere satisfaction.

I should be glad also to learn, in case the settlement as reported has actually been made, whether the Spanish Government has sent full and explicit information of the same to the governor on the Caroline Islands, and what arrangement has been made, if any, for the due return of the missionaries and their reestablishment in their homes and work on Ponapé.

Awaiting with deepest interest your reply,

I am, etc.,

Judson Smith.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 26.]

Mr. Adee to Mr. Smith.

Sir: I have received your letter of the 24th instant in regard to the reported settlement of the missionary troubles at Ponapé by Mr. A. Loudon Snowden, lately U. S. minister at Madrid.

In reply I have to state that the last exchange of notes before Mr. Snowden’s departure from Madrid disclosed a want of exact agreement as to the terms of the settlement which has been virtually reached, and that the conclusion of the matter devolves upon Mr. Hannis Taylor, the new minister, whose instructions on file are ample for his guidance in obtaining proper guarantees for the returning missionaries.

I am, etc.,

Alvey a. Adee,
Acting Secretary.