Mr. Uhl to Mr. Romero.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 21st instant, touching the manner of payment of the sum of $20,000 to Mrs. Baldwin by the Mexican Government, as a voluntary and equitable indemnity for the death of her husband at the hands of bandits in Mexico.

I do not understand that the offered gratuitous payment from the possible return of the retained Weil and La Abra moneys under the awaited decision of the Court of Claims has at any time been entertained by this Government. As I have heretofore informed you, that proposition is merely a contingent offer of something your Government may never receive.

Accept, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl,
Acting Secretary.