Mr. Sherman to Mr. Adam.

No. 768.]

Sir: Referring to previous correspondence respecting the proposed Bering Sea conference to be held in this city in October next, I have now the honor to inquire the earliest practicable date in that month when Professor Thompson and the other British delegates may be expected to reach this city. It is the desire of the Government of the United States that the meeting shall take place early in October, 1897, if possible, for which reason it is imperative that I should be apprised of the date of their arrival in Washington in order that suitable communications may be sent to the Governments of Japan and Russia.

As you doubtless know, Dr. Jordan, one of the scientists who lately visited the seal islands on behalf of the United States, has returned to this country.

Asking that the subject be given immediate attention, I avail, etc.,

John Sherman.