Mr. Planten to Mr. Gresham.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your note of 11th instant, in regard to the instructions which have been issued by the Secretary of the Treasury to the collectors of customs authorizing the admission free of duty of salt from the Netherlands West Indian Islands.

I beg you to convey to the Secretary of the Treasury my thanks for his prompt action in the matter.

Accept, etc.,

J. R. Planten.