Mr. Risley to Mr. Gresham.
Copenhagen, June 23, 1894. (Received July 7.)
Sir: Referring to that part of my dispatch No. 48, of June 2, which relates to the request of Prof. T. C. Chamberlin, of Chicago, and Dr. Frederick A. Cook, of Brooklyn, for instructions of the Danish Government to its officials in Greenland, I have to inform you that I have just received from the minister of foreign affairs a note, of which I inclose a translation.
There being substantially no commerce between Denmark and Greenland, the communication consists only of casual vessels being dispatched from here to the settlements on that coast two or three times a year, at irregular intervals. It will be perceived from the minister’s note that the last vessel for this season had left here before the request in behalf of Professor Chamberlin and Dr. Cook was received.
Should they have already taken their departure for Greenland, I have little doubt that they will be courteously and kindly received, for the hospitable disposition of the Danish Government in such matters must be well known to the officials of Greenland.
I have, etc.,