The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Merry.


(Mr. Bacon acknowledges the receipt of Mr. Merry’s telegram of the 10th. Directs Mr. Merry to continue to use his good offices to prevent war if possible. Mr. Bacon informs Mr. Merry that a cablegram has been sent to Ambassador Thompson and hopes for the cooperation and moral support of the Government of Mexico. The Marblehead has been ordered to go to the coast of Salvador and communicate with Mr. Merry.

Mr. Bacon directs Mr. Merry to exercise great care so as not to encroach upon the sovereign rights in any way.)