Mr. Egan to Mr. Blaine.

No. 162.]

Sir: Late last evening I had the honor to receive your telegram, the substance of which is as follows:

Have Admirals McCann and Brown received the dispatches sent them in cipher on the 9th instant by the Navy Department?

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At the earliest possible moment I communicated the inquiry to Valparaiso, but Admiral McCann had sailed this morning to Iquique, on board the Baltimore, without having been able to reply to me, and Admiral Brown had not yet arrived. I am therefore not in a position to telegraph definite reply.

I have, etc.,

Patrick Egan.