The Acting Secretary of State to the Netherlands Chargé.

No. 177.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your note of the 13th instant, referring to previous correspondence relative to the acceptance by the appraising officers of the United States of certificates of the chambers of commerce of the Netherlands, and inclosing royal decree of May 4, 1896, concerning the general regulations governing those chambers.

In reply, I have the honor to inform you that this decree will be transmitted to the Secretary of the Treasury and his decision will be communicated to you as soon as learned by this department.

Accept, etc.,

Robert Bacon.