Mr. Powell to Mr. Hay.

No. “c.”]

Sir: I have the honor to state that the Haitian minister of foreign relations has informed the communal or city authorities that a higher license can not be demanded of Americans in business, but the manner of procuring the license or patent, or rather the restrictions connected with obtaining the same, has not been removed.

All foreigners desiring patents must petition the Government, or rather the President, on stamped paper. Haitians are not required to conform to this part of the law.

I have, etc.,

W. F. Powell.