Mr. Rockhill to Mr. Taylor.

No. 576.]

Sir: I inclose copy of a dispatch from our consul-general at Habana transmitting correspondence from Bridat, Montros & Co., agents of the American tobacco manufacturing firm, Seidenberg & Co., and from [Page 688]Bauriedel & Co., agents of other American importing houses, claiming that they have not been allowed, in accordance with the understanding indicated in your telegram of May 25 last, to export tobacco purchased before the prohibitory decree of the Governor-General was issued.

You will bring these cases to the attention of the Government of Spain, and urge that the arrangement reached shall be adhered to by the Cuban authorities.

I am, etc.,

W. W. Rockhill,
Acting Secretary.