Mr. Hay to Lord Pauncefote.

No. 2130.]

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s note, No. 81, of the 28th ultimo, and to inform you in [Page 215]reply that Rear-Admiral George C. Remey, commander in chief, United States naval force, Asiatic Station, will proceed to Melbourne with the flagship Brooklyn upon the occasion of the visit of their royal hignesses the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York and the opening of the Australian Parliament.

I have, etc.,

John Hay.