Mr. Lord to Mr. Hay.

No. 131.]

Sir: Since the withdrawal of the unification bill, referred to in my No. 128, of the 11th instant, there have been no street tumults disturbing the public peace or menacing official authority. Public order and quiet prevail throughout the city. The press generally approves the action of the President in withdrawing the bill, as well as some recent public utterances in which he declares it to be his intention to give due consideration to public opinion in matters of public concern. In view of [Page 6] this condition of things, Congress passed a law yesterday, which the President approved on the same day, raising the state of siege in this capital.

I have, etc.,

Wm. P. Lord.