No. 63.
Mr. Washburne to Mr. Fish.

No. 1200.]

Sir: The International Geographical Congress closed its labors on the 11th instant. Our Government having declined to take part officially in this congress, the New York Geographical Society delegated Dr. William E. Johnston, a distinguished American physician in Paris, as its commissioner to the congress.

The different juries chosen to decide upon the merits of the various objects presented at the exhibition have made their reports, and I am informed by Dr. Johnston that, if few objects were exhibited in the American section, they were all found of such value as to merit rewards.

In the appreciations of the different juries the United States thus secured as high a position of merit in proportion to the number of objects exhibited as was accorded to any other nation.

I have, &c.,