Lord Pauncefote to Mr. Hay.

No. 340.]

Sir: I have the honor, by direction of the Marquis of Salisbury, to inform you that his lordship’s department have received a letter from the war office forwarding an extract from the dispatches of Lieut. Gen. Sir Alfred Gaselee, commanding the British expeditionary force in China, in which he specially mentions the names of two officers of the United States Army, Maj. William Quinton and Capt. J. R. M. Taylor, both of the Fourteenth Infantry, who gallantly supported the British fighting line during the operations for the relief of the legations at Pekin.

It is with great pleasure that I carry out the instructions of my Government in bringing to your notice the testimony of Sir Alfred Gaselee to the gallant conduct of these officers.

I have the honor, etc.,