Mr. Powell to Mr. Hay.

No. 883.]

Sir: In reply to dispatch No. 452 I have the honor to inclose copy of a dispatch forwarded to-day to the Haitian foreign office, according to Department’s instruction.

I remain, etc.,

W. F. Powell.
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Mr. Powell to Mr. St. Victor.

No. 416.]

Sir: I have the honor to call your attention to the instructions from my Government as to right of your Government to impose higher charges on American tonnage than is imposed by your Government on French tonnage.

My Government is of the opinion that Article X of the convention of 1864 between the United States and Haiti is quite independent of Article XI and creates absolute rights, which my Government can not fail to insist upon.

Should, therefore, any higher charges be collected on American tonnage than that ol any other country they will be reclaimed.

Accept, etc.,

W. F. Powell.