Mr. Foster to Mr. Sagrario.

Sir: Referring to your note of the 27th ultimo, it gives me much pleasure to be able to inform you that the Secretary of the Navy has ordered the commanding officer of the U. S. S. Bennington to proceed with that vessel from Montevideo to Palos, Spain, to arrive there by the 1st of August next, and to take part in the celebrations in honor of the sailing of Columbus from that port.

Accept, etc.,

John W. Foster.