to Mr. Heap.
Washington February 28, 1878.
Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 259, of the 25th ultimo, describing a visit which you made in December last, on the United States steamer Gettysburg, to various ports on the Tunisian coast, during which you state that the officers and crew of the Gettysburg, as well as yourself, were very hospitably received.
You are authorized to inform the Bey of Tunis that the President appreciates the attentions which were shown to the officers and crew of the Gettysburg.
I am, & c.,