The Assistant Secretary of State to the British Ambassador.

No. 338.]

Excellency: I have the honor to make known to you formally the arrangements which have been perfected for the reception of His Serene Highness Prince Louis of Battenberg, admiral of His Majesty’s second cruiser squadron, and his staff during their visit to Washington as guests of the government.

The admiral and his staff will be brought to Washington on a special train, which will leave Annapolis about 10 o’clock on the morning of Friday, November 3. At 3 o’clock in the afternoon of the same day they will be received by the President at the White House. It is the President’s expectation that the staff of His Majesty’s embassy will attend your excellency on this occasion. On Saturday, the 4th proximo, at 8 o’clock in the evening, it will be the President’s pleasure to entertain the admiral and his staff at dinner.

From the time they reach Washington until their departure from the city the official responsibility of the Navy Department will be superseded by that of the Department of State.

They will be returned to Annapolis on the special train which brought them over, but the hour of its departure has not yet been definitely determined.

I have, etc.,

Robert Bacon.