The Marquis of Salisbury to Sir E. Malet.

No. 280.]

[Navigators Islands, December 8; confidential, 82; section 1.]

No. 1.

Sir: With reference to your dispatch No. 221 of the 28th of November last, I transmit to your excellency herewith copy of a dispatch which I have caused to be addressed to Her Majesty’s consul at Apia, instructing him to act with his German colleague in urging the Samoan Government to adopt the suggestions for the settlement of the currency question which were made by the municipal council of Apia on the 3d of June and 24th of July last.

I inclose also copy of further correspondence, as marked in the margin, relating to this question, and I have to request that you will communicate to the German Government the substance of the instructions which have been sent to Consul Cusack-Smith.

You should add that the U. S. Government will be urged to issue similar directions to their consular representative at Apia.

I am, etc.,