No. 179.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Becerra .

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of yesterday’s date in reply to mine of the 11th instant, requesting you to furnish me with such particulars as you might be able to obtain as to the alleged violation of the neutrality act by the steamer Albano.

A copy of your note was at once communicated to the Attorney-General with the suggestion that its statements be substantiated by the United States district attorney at New York, acting conjointly with the consul of the United States of Colombia at that city.

Accept, &c.,

T. F. BAYARD.