No. 34.
Mr. Wurts to Mr. Bayard.

No. 139.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your instruction No. 99, of the 19th of last month, relating to the measures to be taken for the better protection of the seal fisheries in Behring Sea, and to inform you that, in obedience to it, I have communicated the invitation of the Government of the United States to that of Russia, to enter into such an arrangement as will put a check to the indiscriminate destruction, by the citizens of either country, of the seals in those waters.

I am, etc.,

George W. Wurts.