Mr. Foster to Mr. MacNutt.

No. 42.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of Mr. Snowden’s No. 3, of the 7th ultimo, reporting the delivery of the President’s invitation to the Duke of Veragua, chief of the House of Columbus, to his brother, the Marquis of Barboles, and to his son, Don Christopher Columbus, to be present at the opening ceremonies of the World’s Columbian Exposition, at Chicago, in May, 1893.

You will inform the duke that he and his family are expected about the middle of April next, and that the Department desires to receive due notice of the time of his expected arrival and the steamer upon which he is to arrive, in order that suitable arrangements for his reception may be made.

I am, etc.,

John W. Foster.