No. 103.
Mr. Morton to Mr. Frelinghuysen.


The French Government desiring to associate itself with the undertaking of the Franco-American Union Committee, the president of the council proposes to join with the president of the committee in the formal transfer of the statue of Liberty to me as the representative of the President, pursuant to resolutions of Congress of February, 1877. Minister of marine also proposes to furnish a war vessel for its transportation. Under these circumstances it appears desirable to receive instructions from you on Monday and also appropriate telegram to be read at the ceremony fixed for the 4th of July. I shall return to Paris to attend the ceremony.