Mr. Blaine to Mr. Lincoln.

No. 107.]

Sir: The Department is gratified to learn by your No. 101 of the 16th instant that the Canadian Government has directed the non-enforcement, for an indefinite period, of the act of 1886 as to shipping seamen before “shipping masters,” so far as American vessels are concerned; and you will take occasion so to inform Her Majesty’s Government.

As regards the discrimination against American vessels at Halifax in the matter of pilotage dues, the Department can not doubt that the expected decision of the authorities will be favorable.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.