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United States Department of State / Papers relating to foreign affairs, accompanying the annual message of the president to the second session thirty-eighth congress
(1864)

Belgium,   pp. 226-266 PDF (15.5 MB)


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DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENCE*                     233. 
%Mr. Sanford to Mr. Seward. 
No. 174.J                        LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Brussels, January 7, 1864. 
SIR: I have the honor to enclose, as of interest in connexion with American
art, a copy of a letter of the minister of the interior in recognition of
the ap- 
pearance at the late annual Art Exhibition of Belgium of several works of
merit by our countrymen. I also transmit copy of my reply. 
I have the hb)nor to be, with great respect, your most obedient servant,
H. S. SANFORD, 
11on. WILLIAM H. SEWARD, 
Secretary of State, l4r., 4i,., 4c. 
[Translation.] 
BRUSSELS, December 31, 1863. 
SIR: Amid the rewards and honorary distinctions awarded at the close of 
the general exhibition of fine arts of 1863 are six which have fallen to
French 
artists, three to German artists, and two to artists of the Netherlands.
If it was not accorded to the government of the King to have the satisfaction
of being able to include in this distribution one or two of those of your
national 
artists who took part in the exhibition, it is not because the very real
merit of 
their works was not fully appreciated. 
It is to be regretted that the jury on rewards, in derogation of constant
usage, 
abstained this time from addressing to the government a report containing
a 
methodical and deliberate review of the whole exhibition, for, in the other
case, 
it would have been a duty, according to assurances given to me on the subject,
to have pointed out in this work, which would have received official publicity,
the important significance which we were gratified to recognize in those
produc- 
tions at the exhibition forming the contingent from the artists of the North
American United States. 
I am glad that I may hope, sir, that, thanks to your kind offices, your national
artists will continue by the concurrence of their talents to heighten the
brilliancy 
and interests of our great public exhibitions of the fine arts; they will
there 
always meet with a sympathetic reception and just appreciation. 
I embrace with eagerness this occasion to offer to you the personal assurance
of my sentiments of high consideration. 
ALP VAN DEN PEEREBOOM, 
Minister of the Interior. 
Mr. SANFORD,. 
M Minister Resident of the U. S. of North America, Brussels. 
Mr. Sanford to Mr. Van den Peereboom. 
[Translation.] 
LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Brussels, January 7, 1864. 
Monsieur LE M INISTRE  I have the honor to'acknowledge the receipt of the
letter of your excellency under date of 31st ultimo. 
I am happy to learn that the first appearance of works of American artists
in 
a Belgian art exhibition has attracted the enlightened attention of your
excel- 
lency, and of Belgian connoisseurs, and that under other circumstances an
.appreciation would have been evidenced in a more marked manner. 
These relations of art cannot but be a means of drawing more-closely the


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