The Secretary of State to the Minister on Special Mission.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the joint note dated the 10th instant, signed by yourself and Mr. Calvo, minister of Costa Rica, inclosing a joint note addressed by you and Mr. Calvo to the honorable the Chief Justice of the United States of America, in which the latter is requested to accept the office of arbitrator of the boundary dispute between the Republics of Panama and Costa Rica.

In reply I have the honor to inform you that I have taken pleasure in forwarding to the Chief Justice, this day, the letter which you and Mr. Calvo have addressed to him, with the copy of the convention which accompanied it.

A note similar to this has also been addressed to Mr. Calvo.

Accept, etc.,

P. C. Knox.