Mr. Wharton to Mr. Phelps.

No. 228.]

Sir: The President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, has appointed Henry C. Ide, of Vermont, to be a land commissioner in Samoa., under the fourth article of the general act signed at Berlin, June 14, 1889. Mr. Ide is by profession a lawyer, is of mature years, and of high reputation for competency and impartiality.

You are instructed to communicate this information to the foreign office.

It is expected that Mr. Ide will depart for his post at an early day.

I am, sir, etc.,

William F. Wharton,
Acting Secretary.