Mr. Tower to Mr. Sherman.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note, No. 719, of the 2d instant, informing me that the President “believes it to be impossible to execute the laws enacted to enforce the Paris award unless a larger fleet be designated by Her Majesty’s Government” to be employed in Bering Sea during the present season on patrol duties.

I shall not fail to bring the contents of your note to the knowledge of the Marquis of Salisbury without delay and to inform you of the reply I may receive thereto.

I have, etc.,

Reginald Tower.