Mr. Curry to Mr. Bayard .

No. 155.]

Sir: Referring to my telegram of the 30th ultimo, reporting that the Spanish Government had offered $1,500,000 in settlement of the claim of Antonio Maximo Mora, to be charged upon the Cuban budget of next year, with details of payment to be arranged, I have the honor to state that I received on the 7th instant your telegram in reply, and have notified the minister of state of the acceptance of the offer by the Government of the United States. I beg leave to inclolse copies and translations of the correspondence with the Spanish Government in reference to the subject, as well as of the telegrams exchanged with the Department.

I have, etc.,

J. L. M. Curry.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 155.—Translation.]

Señor Moret to Mr. Curry.

My Dear Sir: In reply to the note of your excellency, dated the 20th instant, referring to the settlement of the subject which we know by the name of the Mora claims, I have the honor to inform your excellency that the council of ministers has been occupied in detail with the matter, and animated by the desire of fulfilling the engagements formerly contracted and of responding to the claims of the United States, has decided upon the following terms of settlement, of which I have the honor of informing your excellency:

To fix as a definite amount of the value of the embargoed property of Messrs. Mora, which the Government decided to return in 1873 and 1876 the sum of $1,500,000. In this sum is included all indemnity that can be claimed for the principal as well as interest, damages, and injury.
The sum to be paid by a charge upon the Cuban budget and the minister of Ultramar will propose to the Cortes the means of payment in the next budget of 1887–’88.

I must add that as the colonial budget is not in a condition to support at one time the considerable sum of $1,500,000, especially after the arrangement just made for the payment of the debt and outstanding obligations, the Government has naturally reserved the determination of the most practicable method of paying the amount, of which I shall have occasion to give to your excellency due information.

If your excellency, as I hope, will find these conclusions to be just and will be good enough to express to me your assent to them, we can consider as terminated a matter which your excellency aptly qualifies as protracted and annoying to both governments, on the express condition, as I have already had the honor of informing you in my note of June 30 last, that the Messrs. Mora and the Government of the United States in their name shall renounce all further claim for the embargo of their property and everything concerned therewith.

I avail myself of this occasion to renew to your excellency the assurances of my most distinguished consideration.

S. Moret.

The Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States.

[Inclosure 2 in No. 155.]

Mr. Curry to Señor Moret.

Excellency: In reply to your excellency’s note of the 29th ultimo, offering the amount of $1,500,000 in settlement of the claim presented by this legation to the Government of Spain in behalf of the American citizen Antonio Maximo Mora, for the [Page 369] embargo of his property in Cuba, I have the honor to state that I have communicated with my Government in regard to the matter, and have been informed that the above offer is accepted by it. I also take pleasure in repeating the statement made in the note which I had the honor to send to your excellency on July 1 last, that the amount of indemnity agreed upon and paid will be accepted by my Government as a full discharge of all demand against the Government of Spain growing out; of the claim of this citizen of the United States.

While expressing to your excellency the gratification felt by the United States Government, at an action so much in accordance with the well known sense of honor of the Government of Her Majesty, I beg to inform your excellency that I am ready at any moment, as your excellency suggests, to arrange the details of payment in order that this question, which your excellency admits to have been tedious and annoying, may, as soon as possible, be finally removed from the consideration of both governments.

I avail myself of this occasion to renew to your excellency the assurances of my most distinguished consideration.

J. L. M. Curry.

His Excellency S. Moret, etc.