Mr. Hay to Mr. Loomis.

No. 249.]

Sir: In reply to your No. 260, of the 26th ultimo, I have to say that inquiry at the Navy Department reveals the fact that the fleet under Rear-Admiral Sampson was expected to have reached La Guaira on the 8th instant, but it is reported to have arrived there on the 5th instant. It is understood it will remain for several days.

Admiral Sampson’s instructions were, on arriving in Venezuelan waters, to place himself in immediate telegraphic communication with you, and, through you, to arrange for his presentation to the President of Venezuela. The Department doubts not you have, ere [Page 779] this, had the pleasure of carrying out the wishes of the Secretary of the Navy in this respect.

I am, etc.,

John Hay.