Mr. Bayard to Sir L. S. Sackville
Washington, July 25, 1887.
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.,