Mr. Romero to Mr. Gresham.


Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a note from Mr. Mariscal, dated City of Mexico, February 27, last, which removes the doubt left by his previous note as to the currency in which the indemnity to Mrs. Baldwin is offered.

Be pleased to accept, etc.,

M. Romero.

Mr. Mariscal to Mr. Romero.

I have taken note of the contents of your note No. 791, of the 17th instant, with the accompanying copy of your note to Mr. Gresham, relative to the offer of $20,000 on account of the claim of the widow of Baldwin.

In reply I have to say that this amount is in silver, that being the legal currency of Mexico, and that if it were in gold the amount would [Page 420] be more than doubled, according to the present rate of exchange, which payment it was not his intention to propose, there being no reason whatever for imposing this extraordinary burden in a matter of mere favor and equity.

I renew, etc.,