Mr. Hay to Mr. Merry.

No. 365.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 473 of the 22d ultimo, with inclosure, reporting the final return to the depositors of the duties deposited in trust with Her Majesty’s consul at San Juan del Norte by the American merchants at Bluefields.

You will convey to Mr. H. P. Bingham the thanks of the Department for the assistance which he so kindly extended in the adjustment of the question arising out of the desire of the Nicaraguan Government to enforce a third payment of certain duties from the American merchants. The Department appreciates thoroughly the substantial service which Mr. Bingham rendered in the matter.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.