The Acting Secretary of State to the Secretary of the Treasury.

Sir: Referring to your letter of February 8 last and subsequent correspondence, I have the honor to inclose a copy of a dispatch from the American ambassador at Rome, in which he forwards a copy of a note from the Italian foreign office indicating that that Government is perfectly willing to have the military doctors employed on board ships in the emigration service sailing from Italian ports declare directly to the quarantine officers at New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and New Orleans whether or not there have been any cases of contagious diseases on board those vessels during the voyage.

I have, etc.,

Huntington Wilson.