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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the forty-seventh Congress, 1880-'81
(1881-1882)

Venezuela,   pp. 1191-1228 PDF (16.3 MB)


Page 1191


                           VENEZUELA*                        1191
                         VENEZUELA.
CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING THE FOREIGN DEBT OF
                          VENEZUELA.
                             No. 726.
                     Mr. Baker to Mr. Evarts.
No. 287.]                LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
             Garacas, November.3, 1880. (Received November 20.)
  SIR: I inclose herewith: 1st. A copy and translation of a note, of
date 9th ultimo, and received on the 10th ultimo from the minister ad
interim of exterior relations, purporting to renew a former proposal of
a convention with the United States, by which the latter may receive
and distribute the payments made by Venezuela to the creditor govern-
ments on account of diplomatic reclamations, "with the understanding
that there will be delivered not only the sum of 807000 bolivars, to which
the monthly quotas now amount, or 960,000 bolivars per annum, but up
to a maximum of 1,040,000 bolivars annually."
  2d. A 'copy, and translationuof a note, of 'date 9th ultimo, and re-
ceived on the 10th ultimo from the minister ad interim of exterior rela-
tions, indicating the embarrassment of this government in consequence
of the attitude of the French and English Governments, growing out
of the action of this government in making the new apportionment which
is prescribed by the resolution of the 17th of May last, a copy and trans-
lation of which was sent as annex No. 4 to my dispatch No. 237; and
soliciting the good offices of the United States in the premises.
   3d. A copy of my note to the minister, of date 14th ultimo, request-
 ing "1a statement showing for each of the seven fiscal years from 187.3
 to 1880 the amount of the product of the thirteen per cent. of the forty
 unities set apart for foreign reclamations, as also the amount of said
 product distributed, and the amount of said product not distributed,
 for each of said seven fiscal years."
   4th. A copy and translation of a note from the minister, of date 18th
 ultimo inclosing a statement bearing date the 19th ultimo, in response
 to my request. This note and its inclosure were received on the 19th
 ultimo.
   5th. A copy and translation of said statement.
   6th. A copy of my note to the minister, of date 21st ultimo, suggest-
 ing to the Government of Venezuela the terms of a proposal, to the
 desirable end of fu-rnishing a basis upon which it might be hoped that
 the Government of the United States might regard itself as justified in
 using its good offices in behalf of that Government.
   7th. A copy and translation of a note from the minister, of date 24,h
 ultimo, in response to my last mentioned note, and in which the Gov-
 ernment of Venezuela does not appropriate my suggestion.
   8th. A copy of my note to the minister, of date 1st instant, indicating
 that I would by the earliest opportunity and in a proper manner bring
 the subjects of this correspondence to the knowledge and consideration
 of my government.
   On the afternoon of the 9th ultimo, before receiving the first and sec-
   ond of the preceding notes, I had an interview withl the President, of


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