The French Ambassador to the Secretary of State.


Mr. Secretary of State: Referring to my letter of the 7th of last month, relative to the removal of the remains of John Paul Jones, I have the honor to inform your excellency that, in response to the courteous invitation of the Federal Government, the Government of the Republic has decided to send to Annapolis, for the occasion, a naval detachment of cruisers, under command of Rear-Admiral Campion.

This detachment will be composed of the Marseillaise, the Conde, and the Amiral Aube. It will reach Annapolis by the 20th of April.

Please accept, etc.,