Mr. Romero to Mr. Gresham.
White Plains, N. Y., August 14, 1894. (Received August 15.)
Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to inform you, referring to our previous correspondence on the subject, that I duly reported to my Government our conversation of the 28th of June last, in the course of [Page 423]which, and in view of the way in which you understood the offers made by the Mexican Government to indemnify, by way of equity, Mrs. Baldwin for the death of her husband, who was murdered by bandits in the State of Durango, Mexico, and as an act of personal deference to you, I inquired of you whether the U. S. Government would be satisfied if the indemnity of $20,000 in gold, to which reference has been made, should be paid in one installment of $3,000, payable at the time of concluding the arrangement on the subject, and the remaining $17,000 in monthly installments of $1,000 each, and you were pleased to tell me that you would accept that way of making the payment.
I have to-day received a dispatch from Mr. Mariscal, secretary of foreign relations of the United States of Mexico, dated City of Mexico, August 13, 1894, a copy of which I herewith inclose, whereby he informs me that my Government has accepted that arrangement, and that, without waiting for me to propose it to you in writing, he has carried it out himself, having sent that very day to the U. S. minister in Mexico a draft, numbered 63119, of the National Bank of Mexico on Messrs. Müller, Schall & Co., of New York, to the order of the treasurer general of the federation, and indorsed by that officer to your order, for the sum of $3,000 in gold, being the amount of the first installment. I presume that Mr. Gray has advised you of the receipt of this draft.
Be pleased to accept, etc.,