No. 268.

Mr. Porter to Mr. McLane.

No. 21.]

Sir: I have to inform you that copies of your dispatch No. 28 of the 23d ultimo, containing a copy of a note addressed to you by Mr. de Freycinet, with reference to the way in which the gift of France was received upon its arrival at New York, have been communicated to the Secretary of the Navy and the mayor of New York.

I am, &c.,

Acting Secretary.