Mr. Gresham to Mr. Goschen.

Sir: In response to the inquiry the British ambassador made of me yesterday, when handing me a memorandum of Lord Kimberley’s views touching the effect of the recent tariff legislation upon the commercial agreements made with the West Indies under section 3 of the McKinley act, I have the honor to say that the sections to which his lordship refers would, upon the new tariff act becoming a law, operate to cancel those agreements.

I have, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.