to Mr. McLane.
Washington , February 3, 1888.
Sir: I inclose herewith for your information a copy of a dispatch from the commercial agent of the United States at Nouméa, inclosing a copy of a decree issued on the 12th of November last, prohibiting the deportation of criminals from Tahiti to this country.
The Department is gratified to receive such prompt confirmation of the execution of the instructions in this regard which your dispatch No. 472, of the 29th of August last,* informed the Department, were about to be sent to the French authorities in Tahiti.
I am, etc.,