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Sir Julian Pauncefote to Mr. Olney.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note No. 421, of the 12th instant, informing me that an act of Congress approved on June 8, 1896, contains a provision for the payment to my Government, out of humane consideration and without reference to the question of liability, as full indemnity to certain British subjects, of the following sums, viz: To James Bain, $1,000, and to Frederick B. Dawson, wife, and daughter, $1,800; in all, $2,800.

I have also the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a check for the above-mentioned amount and to return a receipt in duplicate signed by myself.

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In conclusion I have to express my best thanks to you for the invariable kindness and sympathy with which you have listened to the painful accounts which it has been my duty to lay before you of the sufferings of the persons for whose benefit the grants have been made.

I have, etc.,

Julian Pauncefote.