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United States Department of State / Index to the executive documents of the House of Representatives for the second session of the forty-fifth Congress, 1877-'78

Greece,   pp. 289-295 PDF (3.3 MB)

Page 289

  And for your assistance in the execution of this our commission we have
made choice
  of our trusty and well-beloved George Edward March, esq., to be secretary
to this our
  commission, and to attend you, whose services and assistance we require
to use from
  time to time, as occasion may require.
  Given at our court at St. James's the 18th day of August, 1877, in the
forty-first year
  of our reign.                       L
  By Her Majesty's command,
                                        RICHARD ASSHETON CROSS.
                              No. 159.
                       MJr. Read to Mr. Evarts.
 No. 259.]                 LEGATION OF THE UNITED fITATES,
                         Athens, April 12, 1877. (Received May 1.)
   SIR: I have the honor to inform you that I have succeeded in obtain-
 ing a satisfactory copy, in plaster, of a very ancient and remarkable
Greek treatyegr      d u ponamrble column o      0  0tin fwhhwa
Greek trety, ndgraved upon a mrbs colmny one portinh ofuwhich was
found sixty and thexother two parts twenty days ago, in Ate course of
the important excavations on the. southern slope of the Acropolis which
are being carried on bymtbe Arch.eological Society of Athens, of which I
,am an honorary member.
  'This is the first inscription which has been discovered relating to the
political life of Alcbiades, the brilliant kinsoman of Pericles. It is my
intention to present the plaster copy to the Department of Stahte hasa
pedandat to the venerable treaty between the DAthenians and the Chalci.
dians which I had the honor to send to the -Department last year.,
      I have, &o.,
                              Ia &   JOHN MEREDITH READ.
                              No. 160.
                       Mr. 1Read to Mr. Evarts.
No. 272.]                  LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                         Athens, May 10, 1877. (Received May 28.)
  SIR: I have the honor to acquaint you with the remarkable fact that
  the arms of the celebrated Venus of Milo have been discovered within a
few days in the island of Melos, at a distance of less than thirty feet from
the place where the statue itself was found in 1820., The arms are ex-
quisitely modeled. One handholds a kind of disk or shield, The work-
imanship and the locality compel even the skeptical to acknowledge the
authenticity of these wonderful relics.
  I have applied to the Greek Government for permission to take a
plaster cast, and if Iam successful I shall pray the Department to accept
the same with the Alcibiadean treaty, which I have nearly ready also to
l)resent to it. (See my No. 259.)
  It is not a little singular that the news of the death of the finder of
the famous Venus Victrix of Milo, now in the Louvre, has just reached
'Greece, at the moment when the other portions of that great work of
art are being brought to light.
       I have, &c.,
                                     JOHN MEREDITH READ.
       19 F1R

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