Mr. Gresham to Sir Julian Pauncefote.

Excellency: Referring to the note of October 15 last from your embassy, and to the Department’s reply of November 19, in relation to the regulations for the prevention of collisions at sea, I have the honor [Page 273]to ask that you advise the Department whether Her Majesty’s Government adhere to the determination to postpone the enforcement of the rules agreed upon until some time after March 1 next, and in that event, that you indicate the date upon which Her Majesty’s Government will put them in operation.

I have, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.