Mr. Smythe to Mr. Gresham.

No. 62.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your No. 35, inclosing a letter from Messrs. W. P. Clyde & Co., referring to the practice of the Haitian Government in levying discriminating tonnage duties on steamships, as against sailing vessels, and note your instructions. I have already had a conference with the English consul-general in this connection, and we have agreed to unite in a dispatch to the Haitian Government, to the end that neither class of vessels may be subjected to any duty not equally borne by the other, and to endeavor, in short, to “secure from every point of view the same treatment for sailing vessels and steamships in the ports of the islands.”

I have, etc.,

Henry M. Smythe.