No. 500.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Phelps.

No. 739.]

Sir: I inclose herewith, for your information, a copy of a note to this Department from Her Britannic Majesty’s minister* inquiring at the instance of the Marquis of Salisbury whether any member of our legation at London could attend the sugar conference now in session there, and which the minister states will not conclude its labors for some time to come.

Upon consideration of this invitation the Department sees no objection to authorizing a suitable person to attend the sittings of the sugar conference in a friendly way, as the representative of this Government, to listen to its proceedings and report same, but without committing the United States to participation in its deliberations or conclusions.

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You are accordingly requested to designate Mr. White, the first secretary of your legation, for this service, and to inform the foreign office that he will attend the conference in question as the representative of this Government under the conditions above indicated.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayabd.
  1. For the British minister’s note see Doc. No, 543, post, page 771, For Mr. Bayard’s reply see Doc. No. 544, post, page 772.