Chargé Hitt to the Secretary of State.

No. 228.]

Sir: With reference to the ambassador’s dispatch No. 219 of the 29th ultimo, I have the honor to transmit herewith the formal receipt, received to-day from the Italian foreign office, of the president of the Italian Red Cross Society for the sum of $1,151 received from the American Red Cross Society for the relief of the sufferers from the recent eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

I have, etc.,

R. S. Reynolds Hitt.