No. 544.
Mr. Bayard to Sir L. S. Sackville West.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 29th ultimo, in which you inform me that the Marquis of Salisbury has requested you to inquire whether any member of the staff of the American legation in London could properly attend the sugar conference now in session in London.

In reply I take pleasure in informing you that, upon consideration of the subject, no objection is seen 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 the same, but without committing the United States to participation in its deliberations or conclusions.

Mr. Phelps will accordingly be instructed to allow Mr. White, the first secretary of the American legation, to attend the conference in question, with the understanding above indicated.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.