Minister Sorsby to the Acting Secretary of State.

No. 185.]

Sir: I have the honor to confirm the receipt of your sad message of the 1st instant, and to say that I immediately notified the government, which as an expression of sympathy displayed the government flag at half-mast on all government buildings, and that the flag of this legation was displayed at half-mast on the 2d, 3d, and 4th, as a symbol of mourning.

The expression of condolence by the government and officials by the foreign representatives, as well as others of prominence here, has been general and genuine, and, personally, I have the honor to request that my most profound sympathy in this great loss to the country be conveyed to the President.

I have, etc.,

William B. Sorsby.