Mr. Blaine to Mr. von Mumm.

Dear Mr. von Mumm: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your personal note of the 21st instant, proposing by instruction of your Government to concede to the chief justice of Samoa the same salute as to a consul-general, and requesting that instructions to this effect should be at once sent to the commanders of our war vessels at Apia.

I am disposed to accept the views of your Government in this matter, and presume there will be no objection raised on the part of Great Britain.

I have therefore requested the Secretary of the Navy to telegraph the necessary orders to San Francisco, whence they will be transmitted by steamer to Apia.

I am, etc.,

James G. Blaine.