Lord Gough to Mr. Rockhill.

Sir: With reference to Sir Julian Pauncefote’s note to Mr. Olney of July 26 respecting the proposal made to Her Majesty’s Government by the Imperial German Government that Dr. Raffel, Imperial German district judge at Dar-es-Salaam, should be appointed to succeed Mr. Schmidt as president of the municipal council at Apia, I have the honor to inform you, by direction of the Marquis of Salisbury, that Her Majesty’s Government have informed the German Government that they will have great pleasure in consenting to Dr. Rafiel’s appointment, providing the United States Government agree to it.

I have, etc.,