Mr. Uhl to Sir Julian Pauncefote.

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your note of the 14th instant, in which you ask that, in view of the action of the legislature of Grenada in abolishing the water dues heretofore levied [Page 289]against vessels entering the port of St. George, the President will issue his proclamation remitting the tonnage dues on vessels arriving in the ports of the United States from that colony.

While your request contemplates a tonnage proclamation in favor of the colony, it would seem, from the statements of the Acting Secretary of the Treasury in a letter of the 20th instant, that it could not at present extend to vessels coming from any other port of Grenada than St. George, that being the only port wherein vessels may enter without the payment of such dues.

Asking that you will inform the Department which, if any, of the other Grenadian ports have abolished the water dues, particular reference being had to the port of Grenville.

I have, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl,
Acting Secretary.