Sir Julian Pauncefote to Mr. Blaine.

Sir: With reference to previous correspondence on the subject of the disputes in the Apian municipality, and in accordance with instructions which I have received from the Marquis of Salisbury, I have the honor to inform you that Mr. Cusack-Smith, Her Majesty’s consul at Apia, has been instructed by Her Majesty’s Government to continue to pay taxes, etc., as heretofore, notwithstanding the refusal of the chief justice to do so.

I have, etc.,

Julian Pauncefote.