Mr. Olney to Mr. Bayard.

No. 963.]

Sir: I have to inform you that your dispatch No. 575, of the 17th instant, inclosing a copy of a note from Secretary Chamberlain referring to the arrest and imprisonment of a number of leading citizens of Johannesburg, among them being several American citizens, and stating that the cases of our citizens will be watched by legal counsel, employed by Mr. Chamberlain’s direction, in common with British subjects in like condition, has been received.

In reply I have to say that the Department deeply appreciates the friendly action of Her Majesty’s Government in the premises, as you have already been instructed to inform the foreign office.

I am, etc.,

Richard Olney.