Mr. Wharton to Mr. Smith.

No. 147.]

Sir: I have received your No. 156, of the 2d instant, reporting that you had informally communicated to the Russian minister of foreign affairs Department’s No. 130, of January 25 last, expressing the sympathy [Page 374] felt by the United States for the people of Russia. Your action is approved, and I am happy to say that the manifestation of the sympathy of the American people with the famine-stricken sufferers in Russia continues unabated, and but a few days ago a second grain-laden relief ship, the Missouri, sailed from New York on her errand of mercy.

I am, etc.,

William F. Wharton,
Acting Secretary.