The Italian Ambassador to the Acting Secretary of State.

No. 1664.]

Honorable Sir: His excellency Senator Tittoni, minister of foreign affairs, telegraphs me from Rome: I hear of the death of Mr. John Hay, the deserving, illustrious statesman, whom it was my good fortune to know personally. I beg you to present to his government my condolences and those of the Royal Government.”

In complying with these instructions I renew, etc.,