Mr. Hay to Mr. von Holleben.

No. 561.]

Excellency: In reply to your note of the 9th instant, relative to the reported violation of the consular convention of December 11, 1871, by the United States marshal at Philadelphia in libeling the Hamburg-American Line steamship Assyria without first having notified the German consul at that city, I have now the honor to inform you that the Attorney-General, to whom the matter was referred, wrote on the 16th instant that he brought the matter to the attention of the marshal and instructed him to avoid in future any similar occurrence in contravention of the terms of the convention referred to above.

Accept, etc.,

John Hay.