No. 21.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Garland.

Sir: With reference to the copy of your telegram of the 28th of January, which accompanied your letter of the 21st of May, 1887, to this Department, relative to the order issued by you for the release of the British sealing vessels Carolena, Onward, and Thornton, I have now the honor to inclose herewith, for your information, a copy of a note from Sir Lionel West, Her Britannic Majesty’s minister at this capital, in which it is alleged that the vessels in question have not been released.

In view of the fact the minister was informed, on the 3d of February last, that the order for the discharge of the vessels referred to had been issued, I shall feel much obliged if you will kindly cause this Department to be furnished with such information as will enable me to reply fully to Sir Lionel West’s note.

I have, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.