Ambassador Reid to the Secretary of State.

No. 71.]

Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 66 of the 24th instant [not printed], I have the honor to inclose herewith the copy of a note which I have received from Lord Lansdowne relating to the Newfoundland fisheries question.

I have, etc.,

Whitelaw Reid.

The Marquess of Lansdowne to Ambassador Reid.

Your Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge your excellency’s note of the 23d instant relative to American fishing rights off the coast of Newfoundland, and I have to thank you for this statement, which usefully supplements the information your excellency gave me on the 21st instant.

After my conversation with you on that date I at once placed myself in communication with His Majesty’s secretary of state for the colonies, to whom your excellency’s note of the 23d has also now been referred, and you may rely on his Majesty’s Government to second your efforts to clear up any misunderstanding which may have arisen.

I have, etc