The Acting Secretary of State to Ambassador McCormick.
Washington, June 30, 1905.
General Porter has been appointed by the President special ambassador, and from his late position will be considered as the senior of the two special ambassadors to arrange on behalf of the United States for the reception of the body of Paul Jones. In the actual delivery of the body General Porter, as special ambassador, will deliver it to Special Ambassador Loomis. This * * * is designed by this government to recognize General Porter’s great services, and at the same time to show the keen interest of the government by having sent over a special ambassador to assist at the function.