File No. 838.00/871.

The Secretary of State to Minister Smith.

No. 23.]

Sir: The Department has received your No. 57, of the 20th ultimo, in regard to the blockade of Cape Haitien by the Haitian Government.

In reply the Department desires to say that as your doubts that the blockade was effective appear to be well founded, your action in not recognizing the blockade is approved.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
John E. Osborne