Mr. Blaine to Mr. von Holleben.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 14th instant, in which you inform me that Mr. Eggert, the German member of the Samoan land commission, has had to leave his post by reason of illness, and that Mr. Greiner, chancellor of the German consulate at Sydney, who has been provisionally designated as acting German commissioner, sailed from Sydney on March 21 last for Apia.

Accept, etc.,

James G. Blaine.