Mr. Hay to Mr. Powell.

No. 384.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 659, of the 14th ultimo, relative to the right of asylum in Haiti. In reply I have to say that in view of the peculiar situation in that Republic and the varying circumstances of each case the only safe course would seem to be to bring all the facts to the immediate attention of the Department and await its instructions.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.