Context of Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting, in response to Senate resolution of December 12, 1883, information showing amount of the public debt, how much it has been reduced beyond the amount required by Sections 3694 and 3696 of Revised Statutes relating to the sinking fund, what amounts will hereafter be required under said sections until the maturity of the four per cent. bonds in 1907, and the provisions of law under which the reduction of the public debt has been effected. January 9, 1884. -- Referred to the Committee on Finance and ordered to be printed.