No. 231.
Mr. McLane to Mr. Bayard .

No. 336.]

Sir: Referring to your No. 177, of December 3, 1886, requesting me to ascertain if the French Government would authorize the “Gate City Guards” of Atlanta, which are about to visit Europe, to wear their uniforms and to carry their arms during their stay in France, I have to say that the desire of this volunteer organization meets with no objection, and I am simply asked to communicate to the French Government the date of their arrival in France.

I inclose herewith copy and translation of Mr. Flourens’s note on the subject.

I have, etc.,

Robert M. McLane.
[Inclosure in No. 336.—Translation.]

Mr. Flourens to Mr. McLane .

Sir: By a note of the 13th of December last, you were pleased to express the desire of obtaining for the volunteer “Gate City Guards” of Atlanta, the authorization to wear their uniforms, and to carry their arms during their stay in France, which they propose to visit in the summer of 1887.

After having taken the advice of the ministers of the interior and of war, I am happy to advise you that the application of this organization meets with no objection on the part of the Government of the Republic. I shall be obliged to you to kindly inform me, when the time comes, of the exact elate of the arrival of the “Gate City Guards” of Atlanta.

Please receive, etc.,