The Acting Secretary of State to General Porter.

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 2d instant,a transmitting a memorandum of the exact method pursued in recoffining the body of John Paul Jones for transportation to the United States.

I have caused a copy of your communication to be sent to the Navy Department for the completion of its files in connection with the subject.

As this memorandum completes your most interesting and valuable report, I beg leave to tender the Department’s hearty congratulations on the successful termination of your patriotic and zealous efforts which have brought about an occurrence of not only historic but of scientific importance.

I am, etc.,

Herbert H. D. Peirce.
  1. Not printed. Final report printed, p. 420.