Mr. Sherman to Sir Julian Pauncefote.

No. 643.]

Excellency: I have pleasure in confirming and repeating the oral assurance heretofore given you, that the Government of the United States will welcome the visit of Professor Thompson to the Pribilof [Page 269]Islands, and that orders will at once be issued to the authorities on the islands to extend to him the same facilities granted him during his visit last year.

I have, etc.

John Sherman.