Mr. Loomis to Mr. Hay.
Caracas, February 23, 1901.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose a copy of a note from the minister of foreign affairs, with translation of same, in reference to the presence of the Scorpion in the Orinoco River. I also inclose a copy of my answer to this note based upon your cabled instructions.
In this connection it may be of interest to the Department to know that when the British gunboat Alert went to Ciudad Bolivar last summer to inquire into the facts concerning the killing of the British consular clerk at that port, Mr. Grant-Duff, the British chargé d’affaires here, asked permission from the Venezuelan Government for the gunboat to go to Ciudad Bolivar. He reported his action to the foreign [Page 543]office in London and was promptly informed that what he had done was not at all necessary, and that in the future permission for English war vessels to navigate the Orinoco River was not to be asked.
I have, etc.,