Mr. Moore to Sir Julian Pauncefote.

No. 998.]

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 3d instant apprising me that H. M. S. Talbot has been ordered to Havana, and H. M. S. Alert to Santiago de Cuba, for the purpose of giving any necessary advice or assistance to the British consular officers, and to inform you that this information has been communicated to the Secretary of the Navy.

I have, etc.,

J. B. Moore, Acting Secretary.