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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 7, 1903

Roumania [Romania],   pp. 699-707 PDF (3.8 MB)

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lb. Jackson to lb. Hay. 
No. 2, Roumanian series.] LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
At/tens, February 9, 1903. 
 SIR: I have the honor to report that soon after my arrival in Athens I addressed
a note to the Roumanian minister of foreign affairs, informing him of my
appointment and stating that I intended to visit Bucharest at the earliest
practicable opportunity and to seek an audience with His Majesty the King
of iRoumania in order to present to him the President's letter of credence,
the office copy of which I duly inclosed. Yesterday I. received a call from
the Roumanian minister here, who told me that he had been instructed to inform
me of the due receipt of my note, and to say that—although that note
was thefirst communication received at Bucharest which contained official
information Of my appointment, and although the King's "agr~ment" thereto
had not been requested—His Majesty was ready to waive the customary
formalities and to receive me, in view of my personality and of the report
made about me by the Roumanian minister at Berlin. I replied that, so far
as I was aware, it was not the practice of the United States Government to
ask for the usual "agr~ment" in the case of its ministers; that the records
failed to show that any request had been made in the case of my several predecessors,
and that the American practice was understood and generally reciprocated
by those countries which had ministers accredited to the United States residing
in Washington. Mr. Ghica, the minister here, said that Mr. Bratiano, the
minister of foreign affairs, was probably not acquainted with what I had
just told him, and that he would communicate with him at once, but that in
my case, in any event, no difficulty would be made. 
 Mr. Ghica then went on to talk about the general relations between the United
States and Roumania. He said that the King was especially desirous to have
Americans know his country better and that His Majesty hoped to see more
of the American ministers in the future than has heretofore been the case.
He referred to the feelings of the King and the Roumanian Government with
regard to the American minister - being instructed to reside at Athens. I
explained that Greece was a maritime country, that American naval and merchant
vessels visited Greek ports from time to time, and that Greece was the first
of the Balkan States to which an American minister had been sent, and I called
attention to the fact that Roumania had no representative, not even a consular
officer, in the United States. 

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