Mr. Blaine to Mr. Batcheller.

No. 63.]

Sir: I have received your No. 65, of February 23 last, reporting that the Portuguese Government would be pleased to present to the United States the gun known as “Long Tom,” part of the armament of the private armed brig General Armstrong.

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You will express to the minister of foreign affairs my appreciation of the courtesy of his Government.

I have received a letter from the Secretary of the Navy stating that he will send one of our war vessels to Fayal to receive the gun as soon as the exigencies of the services shall permit.

I am, &c.,

James G. Blaine.