The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador.

No. 337.]

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your note of the 22d instant, and to express my gratification at the information it communicates on the authority of a telegram from the governor of Newfoundland, that no Newfoundland officer is preventing American vessels from fishing on the treaty coast; that no distinction is being drawn between registered vessels and licensed vessels and; that the local officers in Newfoundland have been told that American captains must not engage crews on the Newfoundland coast to fish for them, but that no objection is made to their using the nets themselves.

I have, etc.,

Elihu Root.