General Schenck to Mr. Fish.
London, September 13, 1873. (Received September 26.)
Sir: I have received a communication from the council of a British society, “the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, with which is united the Society for Promoting the Amendment of the Law,” informing me that the sum of £300 has been offered through that association for the best essay on the subject of a code of public international law. They invite competition for the prize from America, and to this end they request me to make the fact known to my Government with a view to publicity in the United States.
I send herewith, for such public notice as you may think proper to give, a copy of the letter addressed to me by the general secretary of the association, together with a copy of the conditions on which the prize is offered.
I will but add that the action of the society in question is well entitled to consideration, as the body is one of known high character and responsibility, not only in this kingdom, but throughout the world.
I am, &c.,