The Minister in Haiti ( Bailly-Blanchard ) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 446

Sir: I have the honor to forward herewith copy and translation of a note received from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, dated December 16, regarding the payment of six months interest on the consolidated Interior Debt of Haiti.

The Financial Adviser, ad interim, to whom I communicated the above note has informed me that he is in accord with this project in principle, provided that ways and means be found to effect such payment.

I have the honor to request to be advised of the views of the Department in the premises in order that I may reply to the note of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

I have [etc.]

A. Bailly-Blanchard

The Haitian Minister of Foreign Affairs ( Barau ) to the American Minister ( Bailly-Blanchard )

Mr. Minister: The Secretary of State for Finance has informed my Department that he has reached an agreement with the Financial Adviser, ad interim, with a view to the payment of six months’ interest [Page 206] on the Interior Consolidated Debt. This measure will surely bring a relief to the terrible economic situation which we are now passing through. That is why I have the honor to communicate to Your Excellency this project of the Government previously discussed with the Office of the Financial Adviser.

I should be extremely grateful to Your Excellency if you would let me know, as soon as it will be possible for you to do so, the opinion of your Government upon this question.

I avail [etc.]

J. Barau