The Acting Secretary of State to the Swiss Minister.

No. 293.]

Sir: In reply to your note of the 4th ultimo, I have now the honor to inform you that both the Secretaries of War and of the Navy write—the first on the 3d instant, the latter on the 20th ultimo—that they think that the present is a most proper time for a revision of the Geneva Convention for the amelioration of the condition of the wounded in war. The Government of the United States will therefore gladly be represented at a congress which the Swiss Confederation may call for the purpose stated.

Accept, etc.,

David J. Hill.