The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Morgan.

No. 47.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 116, of the 6th instant, forwarding a copy of a memorandum of the Cuban treasury department declining to give to foreign rice cleaned in the United States the benefit of the reciprocity treaty.

In view of this categorical and apparently final refusal, the matter may be allowed to rest, subject to be taken up again in any future negotiations for the recasting of the reciprocal commercial arrangement of the United States and Cuba.

I am, etc.,

Robert Bacon.