File No. 838.111/138.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.

No. 1280.]

Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith copies of the correspondence1 exchanged between this Legation and the Haitian Government relative to granting a license to Daniel John, an American of Syrian origin in business at St. Marc.

Mr. John does not come within my agreement with the Haitian Government as to the issuance of licenses to American citizens, in that he was naturalized and came to Haiti subsequent to the exclusion act of 1903.

In April last I arranged for a reasonable delay for Daniel John to liquidate his business but it appears to me he thought that upon Mr. Michel Oreste becoming president he would not be forced to liquidate, and when informed that he would be expected to do so he appealed to me for further delay. I have arranged with the Haitian Government for an additional month, which was the best that could be done under the circumstance.

I have [etc.]

H. W. Furniss.
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