Mr. Uhl to Mr. Goschen.

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that this Government has now received assurances from the Governments of Austria-Hungary, France, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, and the Netherlands that they will put in force on and after the 1st of March, 1895, rules similar to those adopted by the United States for the prevention of collisions at sea.

The Department has been advised that Russia will, in all probability, adopt a similar course. It is therefore hoped that Her. British Majesty’s Government may see its way to reconsider its determination, made known to this Department in your note of the 15th of October, to postpone putting such rules in force.

Accept, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl.