Mr. Blaine to Count Arco-Valley.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 26th ultimo, and in reply to state that the consul-general of the United States to Samoa has been instructed to cooperate with his colleagues in the installation of Baron Senfft von Pilsach as president of the municipal council of Apia, agreeably to the pertinent provisions of the general act relating to Samoa.

Accept, sir, etc.,

James G. Blaine.