Sir Julian Pauncefote to Mr. Olney.

Dear Mr. Olney: Referring to your letter of the 9th instant, in which you inquire, at the instance of the Treasury Department, whether Her Majesty’s Government have issued an order in council relating to the seal fisheries in Bering Sea for 1896, I have the honor to state that I am not aware of any hew order in council having been issued or being in contemplation.

I presume that “The Bering Sea award orders in council 1894 and 1895” will continue to regulate the fishery, as regards British sealing vessels.

I am, etc.,

Julian Pauncefote.