Mr. Blaine to Mr. Mutsu.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 27th instant, concerning the appropriation of $15,000 made by Congress on account of the injuries caused to Japanese subjects by the explosion of shells from the U. S. S. Omaha, and delivered to you in April last, and to express the Department’s gratification at the communication of the friendly sentiments contained in your note upon receipt of that amount by his Imperial Majesty’s Government.

Accept, etc.,

James G. Blaine.