Sir Julian Pauncefote to Mr. Blaine.

Sir: With reference to your note of the 29th of January last, respecting the course to be pursued in relation to the complaint against the chief justice of Samoa, of his having absented himself without leave to the detriment of public interests, I have the honor to inform you that Her Majesty’s Government have received a dispatch from [Page 539] the chief justice, dated March 2, 1892, explaining the reasons of his absence from his post.

In this dispatch Monsieur Cedercrantz states that he is forwarding identical communications to Count von Caprivi and to yourself, and Her Majesty’s Government have now been informed by the German Government that they are in receipt of the chief justice’s explanation and that they are disposed to take no further action in the matter.

In accordance with instructions which I have received from the Marquis of Salisbury, I have the honor to acquaint you that his lordship has expressed his concurrence in the view taken by the Government of Germany in the matter.

I have, etc.,

Julian Pauncefote.