No. 8.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Tree.

No. 17.]

Sir: Your dispatch, No. 20, of the 24th ultimo, inclosing specimens of postal cards and international letter stamps adopted by the Independent Free State of the Congo, and informing me that you had been officially notified that the postal service of that State would be in operation on the 1st of January next, has been received.

In reply I have to inform you that I have communicated the contents of your dispatch to the Postmaster-General.

I am, sir, &c.,