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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

Siam,   pp. 480-482 PDF (1.3 MB)

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                              No. 282.
          The ramese Minister of Foreign Affairs to Mr. Fish.
                      BANGKOK, May 30, 1876. (Received July 28.)
  Chow Phya BhaDnu Wongse, Maha Kosa Dhepoti, the Phraklang, min,
ister for foreign affairs, ha& the honor to address to the honorable
Hamilton Fish, Secretary of State, United States, Washington:
  SIR: His Majesty the King of Siam has commanded me to address
you as follows:
  On the 23d April last, Commander Matthews, in the United States
war steamer Ashuelot, came to Siam on a visit to the United States.
consul, and had audience of His Majesty the King of Siam, after which
His Majesty took counsel with the senabodi, on the subject of the collec-
tion prepared by the Government of Siam for the Exhibition at Phila-
delphia, which, to the regret of the Siamese Government, still remained
on hand, not having been forwarded at the appointed time, owing to
causes which have been explained in my dispatch of the 28th January,.
1876. His Majesty the King of Siam commanded me to ask Commander
Matthews to take charge of thecollection, and convey it in the Ashuelot
to Rear-Admiral R~eynolds on the Japan station, to be forwarded to the-
Government of the United States. Commander Matthews left Siam,
and communicated with Rear-Admiral Reynolds, and on the 26th of
May returned to Siam in the United States steamer Ashuelot, and in-
formed me that Rear-Admiral Reynolds had instructed him to fetch the-
collection intended for the Exhibition.
  His Majesty the King and the senabodi of Siam. have been most
pleased to intrust to Commander Matthews the collection which His,
Majesty theKing and senabodi have prepared for presentation, with their
best wishes, to the Government of the United States. When the exhibi-
tion is ended, please exhibit it at the Museum-as a souvenir from the King-
dom of Siam. It is not a collection of articles of peculiar excellence,,
but of articles generally used in this country, and of samples of articles.
of trade of Siamese origin; a collection which the Siamese Govern-
ment had much pleasure in preparing as a contribution to the Exhibition
as a token of their esteem and respect for the Government of the United,
  The collection which has been forwarded was arranged by Mr. J. H.
Chandler, who understands it, and can fully explain every object in it.
Mr. Chandler left Siam for Washington on May 19.
  His Majesty the King of Siam and the senabodi pray that the'Power
which is highest in the universe may assist, foster, and protect the city
of Washington and the United States of America, and may from the date of
their centenary onward bless them With a prosperity still greater than
that they have hitherto enjoyed. I beg to add the assurance of my'
high esteem.
  Dated at the foreign office, at Bangkok, 30th of May,- 1876.
                             CHOW    PHYA BHIA.NU WONGSE.

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