Mr. Thompson to Mr. Gresham.

No. 295.]

Sir: Referring to my No. 291 of the 22d instant and cipher telegram of same date, I have the honor to state that formal ratification of the desire of the Brazilian Government to terminate the commercial arrangement of January 31, 1891, was received at this legation on September 22.

I inclose copy and translation of the correspondence upon the subject.

I have, etc.,

Thos. L. Thompson.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 295.—Translation.]

Mr. Nascimento to Mr. Thompson.

I have the honor to make known to Mr. Thomas L. Thompson, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America, that the vice-president of the Republic, by virtue of the stipulation in the customs accord of January 31, 1891, has determined to denounce it and the proclamation. This accord will continue to be executed in all its parts in Brazil until the 31st of December of the current year and will cease in all its parts on the 1st of January, 1895.

I improve, etc.,

Passiano do Nascimento.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 295.]

Mr. Thompson to Mr. Nascimento.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the note which his excellency, Dr. Cassiano do Nascimento, minister for foreign affairs, sent to me on the 22d instant, containing information of the steps taken by his excellency the vice-president with the view of terminating the commercial arrangement of January 31, 1891.

I avail, etc.,

Thos. L. Thompson.