Mr. Gresham to Mr. Bayard.


Nicaraguan minister here has been informed that his Government must deal directly with Great Britain, and he says Nicaragua realizes that England’s demands must be met. His Government desires, however, a fortnight in which to arrange details and make payments at London. The President advises that you say unofficially and confidentially to Lord Kimberley that, while disclaiming any right to interfere in pending [Page 697] settlement of claim for pecuniary reparation, compliance with. Nicaragua’s request would avoid embarrassment to commerce of this and other countries and be very satisfactory to the United States.