Mr. Foster to Baron Fava.

Sir: In reply to your inquiries concerning the celebration of the anniversary of the discovery of America, I beg leave to say that the ceremonies in the city of New York are under the direction of the State and municipal authorities, and the national Government has nothing to do with them. However, in the law authorizing the exposition at Chicago, there is a provision for a grand naval review to be held in the harbor of New York in April next, to which the nations of the world will be invited to send their fleets. The provision for this review is contained in the naval appropriation bill now pending in Congress, and formal action will be taken by the executive authorities immediately upon the passage of that measure.

Accept, sir, etc.,

John W. Foster.