The Secretary of State to Minister Furniss.

No. 17.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 15, of the 21st ultimo, inclosing copy of your instruction to the American consular agent at Port de Paix, pointing out that he had no right to take official charge of the estate of the late Dr. J. R. Paradis, a Porto Rican who had been absent from the island for thirty years.

Your action is approved.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.