Mr. Wharton to Sir Julian Pauncefote.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 24th of December last, with its accompaniments, in relation to the Samoan currency question.

It gives me pleasure to say that a telegram will be sent to Mr. Sewall, the consul-general of the United States at Apia, instructing him to join with his British and German colleagues, whenever they may receive similar instructions, in representing to the authorities of Samoa that the Government of the United States is of opinion that German coin shall be admitted into Samoa as well as the coins of the United States and Great Britain, the 20-mark gold piece to be taken as worth $4.76.

I have, etc.,

William F. Wharton,
Acting Secretary.