Mr. Romero to Mr. Gresham.

[Translation.]

Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to inform you that I have received instructions from the Mexican Government to inquire of that of the United States if any decision has been accorded in regard to the note [Page 399]which I addressed to your Department on the 26th of December, 1893, with which I forwarded to you a decree of the Congress of the United Mexican States, promulgated the 14th of the said month of December, which derogated articles 1 and 2 of the law of December 12, 1883, which granted some abatement of import duties on merchandise imported in national vessels.

Some time having elapsed without there having been communicated to this legation the decision of the Government of the United States in regard to this matter, the Mexican Government advises me to inform it what is its present situation.

Accept, etc.,

M. Romero.