No. 235.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. McLane .

No. 199.]

Sir: The “appeal of the French Society of the Friends of Peace to the civilized world,” which accompanied your dispatch No. 351 of the 26th ultimo, has been received and read with interest.

This Government is warmly in favor of arbitration as a method of settling international disputes, and will neglect no opportunity to give practical effect to its views.

The desire of the memorialists that their address be communicated to the two houses of Congress can be more conveniently accomplished and wider publicity at the same time given to it by including it in the volume of Foreign Relations for 1887 than by communicating the paper directly to the two houses of Congress.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.