Mr. Hay to Mr. Loomis.

No. 248.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 249, of the 9th ultimo, suggesting that if the North Atlantic Squadron should come to La Guaira it would be advisable for a number of the officers to call on the President of Venezuela at Caracas.

In reply I have to say that a copy of your dispatch was forwarded to the Navy Department, which has, as I am advised, transmitted it to the commander in chief United States naval forces, North Atlantic Squadron.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.