File No. 2126/56.

The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador.

No. 223.]

Excellency: I have the honor to inform you, with further reference to your note No. 16 of the 20th instant in connection with the revolutionary outbreak on the island of Haiti, that the Secretary of the Navy informs the department, in response to its request of the 21st instant, that the commanding officer of the U. S. S. Eagle has been directed by cable to afford protection to British subjects and property pending the arrival at the island of H. M. S. Indefatigable.

I have, etc.,

Elihu Root.