Mr. Foster to Mr. Rusk.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 24th instant, accompanied by one hundred and fifty copies of your proclamation declaring the United States to be free from the contagious disease known as pluero-pneumonia, and announcing the raising of quarantine therefor in this country.

It will afford me pleasure, in deference to your request, to distribute these proclamations among the diplomatic and consular officers of this Government in European countries, but in order to do so fully this Department should be furnished with three hundred additional copies.

I have, etc.,

John W. Foster.