Mr. Blaine to Sir Julian Pauncefote.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 5th instant, relative to the communication received by Her Majesty’s Government from the chief justice of Samoa, explaining the reasons of Ms absence from his post.

A similar communication, under date of March 2, 1892, has been received by this Department from Mr. Cedercrantz, the chief justice of Samoa. While his absence from his post without previous notification and permission is regretted, this Government is indisposed to take any further action in regard thereto.

I have, etc.,

James G. Blaine.