No. 346.
Mr. Bayard to Sir L. S. Sackville West.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 18th instant, inviting this Government take part in a proposed conference of the sugar-producing powers to be held in London.

In reply I have the honor to inform you that the proper authorities are considering the propriety of submitting this invitation to Congress, as the effective presence of a representative of the United States at the proposed conference could only be procured by the action of the legislative branch of this Government.

I have the honor, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.