Mr. Dawson to Mr. Hay.

No. 60.]

Sir: Continuing the subject of former correspondence, the delivery of the shares in the Banque Nationale and of the unified scrip, I have the honor to report that the minister of finance has notified me that this Government would accept them. * * *

Accordingly, on October 21 I delivered the said shares and scrip to Amadeo Rodriguez, contador-general, who was empowered to receive them on behalf of the Dominican Government, taking from him receipts and also the document releasing the San Domingo Improvement Company and its allied companies, which had been sent by Mr. Abbott as inclosue in his letter to the minister of finance of October 7.

Neither Mr. Abbott, attorney for the companies, nor myself saw [Page 285]any reason why I should not comply with Minister Lamarche’s request that I receive the shares and bonds back from the Dominican Government and keep them as its depositary. This Government will probably not ask for them until the termination of the negotiations it proposes to initiate looking toward a modification of the award.

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I have, etc.,

T. C. Dawson.