Mr. Gresham to Mr. Haselton.

No. 20.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge receipt of your No. 21,1 of the 8th instant, and to express concurrence in your views regarding the policy to be pursued, in our efforts to bring about free navigation of the Orinoco River.

You are authorized to urge upon the Venezuelan Government that as an act of friendliness to the United States, as well as in the interest of the commerce of the two countries, it re-open to ships of the United States the branches of the Orinoco now closed to them.

I am, etc,

W. Q. Gresham.
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