No. 593.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Valera.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 18th instant and of the draft which it inclosed, to the order of the Secretary of State, for $52,939.72, sent by way of indemnity to the claimant in the case of the Masonic, the amount named including the sum of $1,265.65 interest on the award of the arbitrator.

The high sense of honor shown by His Majesty’s Government in dealing with this case is appreciated by the Government of the United States. I inclose the claimant’s receipt.

Accept, &c.,