to Mr. Evarts.
Paris, January 11, 1879. (Received February 3.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith, for transmission to the proper quarter, a circular from the president and secretary of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, informing those governments which are parties to the metric convention, that the bureau is prepared to make in their behalf comparisons of old with the new standard, and that, if the Government of the United States wishes to avail itself of this facility, it is desirable that the standard to be verified should be sent to the bureau early in the beginning of the year.
The president and secretary of the bureau request to be informed of the intentions of our government in relation to this matter.
I have, &c.,