Lord Pauncefote to Mr. Hay.

No. 102.]

Sir: I lost no time in communicating to the Marquis of Lansdowne the information contained in your note No. 2130, of April 5, and I have now received his lordship’s instructions to express to the United States Government the pleasure it has given His Majesty’s Government to hear of the intended visit of an American vessel of war to Melbourne on the occasion of the visit of their royal highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, and the gratification it will also afford to Australia.

I am further instructed to inquire whether the visit of Rear-Admiral George C. Remy will also be extended to New Zealand, and I venture to hope that you may be able to j)lace me in a position to reply to this inquiry.

I have, etc.,