Mr. Hay to Lord Pauncefote.

No. 1978.]

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge, with thanks, the receipt of your note of the 12th instant, referring to an extract from the dispatches of Lieut. 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.

The Department has taken great pleasure in communicating a copy of your note to the Secretary of War.

I have the honor to be, etc.,

John Hay.