to Mr. Bayard.
Paris, February 16, 1888. (Received February 27.)
Sir: Your No. 272 of November 18 communicated to me, at the request of the Postmaster General, two copies of a printed memorial, signed by prominent American merchants,* suggesting the propriety [Page 513] of the general adoption of the policy of dispatching all foreign mails by the fastest steamers. In the interest of the facilitation of commercial intercourse I was directed to bring this memorial to the notice of the French Government, and I did so immediately upon receiving it. I am now in possession of a note from Mr. Flourens stating, in behalf of the French postal department, that the policy referred to is the one followed by that department.
I inclose a copy and translation of Mr. Flourens’s note herewith.
I have the honor to be, etc.,