Minister Barrett to the Secretary of State.

No. 73.]

Sir: Replying to your No. 16 of March 19 in regard to the additional duty of 8 cents imposed on foreign flour, in which you say, “It would appear that the figures given by you state the duty in Colombian currency. If so, the equivalent in American gold might be stated for greater convenience,” I have the honor to observe that this 8 cents is gold valuation and not what might be termed ordinary Colombian currency. In fact all customs duties in Colombia are stated practically in gold.

I have, etc.,

John Barrett.