Minister Wilson to the Secretary of State.


Watson, commissioner emigration South Carolina, has made formal application Belgian Government to be permitted to advance passage money Belgian emigrants; advances made by State to be repaid by emigrants. Watson states in application that this method has approval of Sargent and Government, and has asked me to exert influence with foreign office here. This have refused to do without express instructions from the department. A hurry answer is requested, as 500 emigrants are ready to sail.