Mr. Loomis to Mr. Hay.

No. 260.]

Sir: The President and the minister of foreign affairs of Venezuela have asked me to inform them if the squadron of United States naval vessels under the command of Rear-Admiral Sampson is likely to call at La Guaira soon.

I have been able to give them no more information than is conveyed in current newspaper rumors, which, as they reach us here, are very conflicting as to dates.

I have an impression, not based on any direct statement, however, that some persons connected with the Venezuelan Government contemplate a reception or some kindred function in honor of the American squadron; hence it would, I am sure, be appreciated much if the Navy Department were to communicate to this legation, as soon as possible, some definite information respecting the advent of the fleet at La Guaira, if it is expected to send it to that port.

I have, etc.,

Francis B. Loomis.