No. 1125.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Scott.

No. 166.]

Sir: In your No. 236 of the 23d ultimo, replying to my No. 159 of April 13 last, instructing you to repeat our protest against the law of Venezuela requiring masters of vessels coming from foreign ports to deliver all the ship’s papers to the customs authorities of the port of entry, you suggest the advisability of delaying this action until the Venezuelan Government assumes a more responsible and reliable condition than it now possesses.

The Department is of opinion that it will be equally advisable to present the question to the existing Government. |t raises no important [Page 1646] question of international policy, but simply revives and continues a pending discussion of a matter of administrative regulation, the solution to which should not be far to seek.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.