File No. 839.00/407.

The American Chargé d’Affaires to the Secretary of State.


I am informed by the Dominican minister for foreign affairs that an expedition is now being prepared by Horatio Vásquez from St. Thomas. The minister for foreign affairs requests that instructions be issued to the American consul at St. Thomas to endeavor to prevent [Page 173] the expedition setting forth from that place. Señor Velázquez stated yesterday morning that it would be useful to the Dominican Government if an American war ship were at Santo Domingo. Leonte Vásquez, brother of Horatio, and Dominican minister at Paris, was arrested yesterday morning in this city. The city is quiet.