Mr. Adee to Mr. Adam.

No. 739.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of July 30 last, stating that Her Majesty’s Government can not accept the proposals of this Department that the regulations controlling American sealing vessels during the season 1897 should be adapted to British vessels, but that instructions have been transmitted to the officers of the patrolling fleet directing them to seal up the arms and ammunition of any British vessel which may apply to them for the purpose and at the same time to enter the fact upon the vessel’s log.

I beg to inform you that the subject in question will have the further consideration of the Department.

I have, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee,
Acting Secretary.