to Mr. Fish.
St. Petersburg , January 27, 1874. (Received February 20.)
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,