Mr. Gresham to Mr. Runyon.

No. 46.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch, No. 9, of the 24th ultimo upon the subject of a joint effort of the three treaty powers to effect the surrender of Mataafa and his adherents in Samoa.

The Philadelphia, one of our newest and best equipped vessels, is now on her way to Samoa to participate with the war ships of Germany and Great Britain in the maintenance of the authority established by the three powers.

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I regret, however, our inability at this time to send more than one ship, but the Philadelphia will be able to land at least 200 men, perhaps more, which I hope will be sufficient and satisfactory to Germany and Great Britain.

The Philadelphia will arrive at Apia about the last of August.

I am, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.