Mr. Rockhill to Mr. PatenĂ´tre.

No. 69.]

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 22d instant, stating that Madagascar has been declared a French colony by a law which implies the abrogation of the treaties signed by the Hova Government, and substitutes for those the conventions existing between the United States and France.

Accept, etc.,

W. W. Rockhill,
Acting Secretary.