No. 363.
Mr. Hastings to Mr. Bayard.

No. 93.]

Sir: I have the honor to report that on the 22d instant, Hon. John E. Bush was commissioned by His Majesty the King as minister plenipotentiary to the Kings of Samoa and Tonga, and the independent chiefs and peoples of Polynesia.”

Mr. Bush is a half-caste Hawaiian of considerable ability, a member of the house of nobles and at one time a member of the cabinet as minister of interior.

He left here for Samoa on the 26th instant, taking with him a secretary of legation and two attaches.

I have, etc.,

Frank P. Hastings.