The Acting Secretary of State to Minister Furniss .

No. 42.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 90, of the 24th ultimo, and your No. 93, of the 1st instant, regarding the new tariff law of Haiti.

The department approves your suggestion to the Haitian Government that goods on ships bound to Haiti at the date of promulgation of the law should be allowed to enter at the old rates.

In your discretion you may use your personal offices in behalf of the American protestants. The department does not, however, see that they have any legal claim against the Haitian Government.

I am, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.