The British Ambassador to Acting Secretary of State Adee.

No. 117.]

Sir: With reference to previous correspondence on the subject of the proposed visit of the second cruiser squadron to this country, I have the honor to inform you that I have received a telegram from His Majesty’s principal secretary of state for foreign affairs stating that His Serene Highness Prince Louis of Battenberg, who will be in command of the squadron, has expressed the desire that his first visit in the United States might be paid to the President in Washington. If this could be arranged Annapolis would be the first port of call after leaving Canada, and New York would be visited after Washington, instead of before, as previously proposed,

I am instructed to inquire whether this alteration in the programme would be agreeable to the President, and if so, I should be glad to be informed on what date His Serene Highness could be received in Washington.

I have, etc.,

For the ambassador,

Hugh O’Beirne.