Mr. Hay to Mr. Russell.

No. 276.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of Mr. Loomis’s No. 301, of the 30th ultimo, reporting that he has called the attention of the President of Venezuela to the annoyance caused our consuls by the Venezuelan law relating to the deposit of ships’ papers, and that the President has promised to bring the matter to the attention of the Venezuelan Congress, with a view to the repeal or amendment of the law.

The Department approves Mr. Loomis’s handling of the matter.

A copy of the dispatch has been sent to each of our consuls in [Page 782] Venezuela, for a report of such additional facts as they may possess for his and the Department’s future presentation of the matter, should it be deemed proper to do so through him at Caracas.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.