Mr. Baker to Mr. Gresham.

No. 199.]

Sir: Captain T. W. Tucker, commander of the Victoria on Lake Nicaragua, has applied to me to perform the marriage ceremony for himself and a young lady of this country. Both are Americans and Protestants. Captain Tucker informs me that there is no ordained Protestant minister or other person authorized to conduct a marriage ceremony in Nicaragua other than Catholic clergymen.

Can you authorize me to perform this ceremony?

I have, etc.,

Lewis Baker.