Mr. Gresham to Baron Gresham.

No. 52.]

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of February 26 last, stating that the cost of the surveys ordered by the Samoan land commission aggregates perhaps $1,500 or $2,000, and asking whether the Government of the United States is willing to pay its pro rata share.

In reply I have to inform you that this Government will bear its one-third share of the expenses indicated, and that I have so advised the British ambassador in reply to his recent note upon the subject.

Accept, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.