Mr. Hay to Mr. King.

No. 52.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 53, of the 21st of December last, reporting that you have protested to the Siamese Government against the action of Siamese officials in seizing property belonging to Messrs. Bartine Carrington and. J. B. West, American citizens.

The Department approves generally your action as reported in your dispatch.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.