File No. 837.77/94.

The British Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

Sir: I am informed by His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs that the Cuban Central Railway has presented to the President of Cuba a petition requesting that the concession recently given to the North Coast Railway Company may be cancelled and that it may be granted to the petitioners.

His Majesty’s Minister in Habana has been instructed to strongly support this petition and I am requested to inform you that if after examination of the whole matter you consider that it is one in which the influence of the United States Government could be usefully exerted with a view to securing to the petitioners that which it is believed the justice of their case requires, it is the hope of His Majesty’s Government that you may see fit to take action in that direction.

I have [etc.]

James Bryce.