The Acting Secretary of State to the Japanese Minister.

No. 210.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 20th instant, in which, under the instruction of your government, you request this government to bring to the attention of the Imperial Russian Government a violation of the Geneva convention of 1864, alleged to have been committed by Russian cavalry on May 18 last.

Copies of your note and its inclosure have been forwarded to the American ambassador at St. Petersburg, and he has been instructed to transmit them to the Russian foreign office.

Accept, etc.,

Alvey A. Adee.