Mr. Uhl to Baron Ketteler.

No. 68.]

Sir: Referring to previous correspondence concerning the opening of the Northern Baltic Canal, I have the honor, at the instance of the Secretary of the Navy, to inform you that the commander in chief of the United States naval force on the European station has been instructed to participate personally in the passage of the canal, on the day of its opening, on board of a vessel of the squadron under his command, and take with him upon that occasion such number of the officers attached to the vessels as may be thought proper in his discretion.

Accept, etc.,

Edwin F. Uhl, Acting Secretary.