Mr. Bayard to Mr. Olney.

No. 685.]

Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 667, of the 29th ultimo, I have this moment received, and hasten to transmit herewith by to-day’s mail, a copy of a note from the foreign office relating to the proposed extension to the westerly side of the North Pacific Ocean of the seal-fishery regulations embodied in the award of the Paris Tribunal of 1893.

I have, etc.

T. F. Bayard.
[Inclosure in No. 685.]

Lord Salisbury to Mr. Bayard.

Your Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 18th ultimo, respecting the question of extending the seal-fishery regulations embodied in the award of the Paris Arbitration Tribunal to the western side of the North Pacific.

Her Majesty’s Government wish to dispatch an agent, a properly qualified naturalist, to the Commander Islands during the approaching [Page 289]season to observe the conditions of seal life there and to collect information as to the working of the existing arrangement with Russia, and they propose to apply to the Russian Government with a view to the local authorities being instructed to afford all necessary facilities and to cooperate with him in carrying out the object of his mission.

Pending the receipt of the report which the agent will be instructed to furnish, Her Majesty’s Government will not be in a position to enter upon negotiations.

I have, etc.,