Sir Julian Pauncefote to Mr. Olney.
Washington, March, 31, 1896.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 11th ultimo apprizing me of the desire expressed by the Secretary of the Treasury to be informed whether Her Majesty’s consular officers at New York and Boston observe article 14 of the regulations of February 19 last  relative to the transportation of cattle.
In reply I have the honor to state that Her Majesty’s consul-general at New York experiences some difficulty arising out of the provisions of the British merchant shipping act in applying the regulations, and is in communication with Her Majesty’s board of trade on the subject. On the receipt of their reply I shall have the honor to address a further note to you.
Her Majesty’s acting consul at Boston informs me that the regulations referred to are strictly carried out at that port as regards signing cattlemen as part of the ship’s crew.
I have, etc.,