No. 520.
Mr. Jewell to Mr. Fish.

No. 33.]

Sir: Referring to your dispatch No. 7, dated 24th April, 1873, addressed to the late Mr. Orr, instructing him to apply to the Russian government for leave for a party of observers, under the orders of the Navy Department, to make, at Vladivostok, on the sea of Japan, observations of the transit of Yenus, I have the honor to report that I made the necessary application. I to-day received in answer a note from Mr. de Westmann, a copy of which I inclose herewith, informing me that the imperial government has consented to the application, and will take all the measures necessary.

I have, &c,

[Inclosure in No. 33.—Translation.]

Mr. Westmann to Mr. Jewell.

No. 127.]

Sir: I have had the honor to receive the note which you were pleased to address to me in relation to the scientific expedition which the Federal Government desires to send to Vladivostok for the purpose of observing the transit of Venus, which is to take place in the course of the year 1874.

The imperial government will not fail to lend all the aid in its power to the enterprise of the American astronomers, to which it will be happy to grant all desirable facilities. I at once referred the matter to the minister of marine and to the minister of finance, requesting them to cause all the necessary measures to be taken to this effect.

Accept, sir, the assurance of my most distinguished consideration.

  • Mr. Marshall Jewell,
    Envoy Extraordinary, &c., &c.