The Japanese Chargé to Acting Secretary of State Loomis.

No. 19.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge for Mr. Takahira, who is temporarily out of town, the receipt of your note of yesterday’s date informing him that you are in receipt of a note from the Russian ambassador respecting Commander Berlinski, of the Russian vessel Lena, now interned at Mare Island Navy-Yard, who may probably desire to proceed to some European health resort on account of his health, if there be no objection offered by his government, and asking him whether the Japanese Government have any objection to granting the desired permission to Commander Berlinski.

I am authorized to state in reply that the Japanese Government have no objection to the United States Government’s granting the desired permission to Commander Berlinski under such circumstance as is recited in your note.

As you gave me to understand at our interview of yesterday afternoon, I regard your note as official.

Accept, etc.,

Eki Hioki.