to Mr. Evarts.
Lisbon , December 22, 1877. (Received Jan. 11, 1878.)
Sir: Referring to your No. 94 and to my No. 156, I have now the honor to forward copies of a further correspondence which I have recently had with the Marquez d’Avila and Mr. Terry on the selection of a new site for the American naval cemetery at the island of St. Vincent.
It will be seen by the Portaria of the 3d of December that the King has given the necessary orders for the setting apart of the new cemetery, and the transfer to it of the remains now deposited in the old cemetery. I have instructed Mr. Terry to co-operate with the governor-general of the province of Cape Verde in effecting the needful change, and I am encouraged by the prompt action of the Marquez d’Avila in the case now to hope for the early and satisfactory settlement of this vexed question. But I shall inform myself from time to time of the progress made in carrying out the new order, and should any unnecessary delay attend the execution of it, I will take such steps to remove such delay as I may deem advisable under the circumstances.
I have, &c.,