Minister Merry to the Secretary of State.

No. 1028.]

Sir: My No. 334 of November 15, 1899, with inclosures, placed before the Department of State the complaint of Mr. P. S. R. Hugo Farrington, an American citizen, against the Government of El Salvador. I have now the honor to advise the deposit in the national treasury at San Salvador of twenty-seven thousand seven hundred and one eighty-one hundredths ($27,701.81) silver dollars, subject to the demand at sight of Mr. Farrington, settling his claim in full for $15,000 with interest at 10 per cent per annum and some legal charges credited him in contesting the case in the local courts before appealing to the Department of State.

Mr. Farrington, who now resides at Esquintla, Guatemala, was by me advised on 14th instant that the amount above stated is subject to his order as notified by the Government of El Salvador to our consul-general in that Republic. This claim was a peculiar one in that the higher court sustained Mr. Farrington’s claim for payment of a foreclosed real estate mortgage while the lower court refused to recognize the order of its superior to place Mr. Farrington in possession.

With assurances, etc.,

William Lawrence Merry.