Mr. Blaine to Mr. Ryan.

No. 684.]

Sir: In your No. 737 of August 17 last you reported that in obedience to my instruction No. 563 of August 3 last you had addressed a note to the Mexican foreign office relative to the claim of the Roman Catholic Church of California to a share in the income of the so-called “Pious fund” of the Californias.

Not having been notified of the receipt of any reply thereto, I have to ask that you will—in such proper and discreet way as may seem best—solicit from Mr. Mariscal some reply to the above-named representation of this Government.

I am, etc., your obedient servant,

James G. Blaine.