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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 2, 1902

Spain,   pp. 949-966 PDF (1.4 MB)

Page 955

 SPAIN. 955 
ance of the same, 1 inclose herewith your commission as ambassador extraordinary
of time United States on special mission for that purpose. 
 I also inclose a letter of credence and a letter of felicitation (with office
copies) addressed to His Majesty. You will forward the office copies to the
minister for foreign affairs and deliver the originals in the manner most
agreeable to His Majesty. 
 Upon your arrival in Madrid it is expected that you will freely consult
with Mr. Storer, the minister of the United States there, who wi]l, "0 doubt,
be able to fully advise you and be pleased to render von such further assistance
and cooperation as may be necessary. 
 it is the President's desire to show by this mission the friendly regard
he has for the Government and people of Spain, and he feels confident that
its duties will be discharged by you in a manner to strengthen the cordial
relations now happily subsisting between the two countries. 
 I am, etc., ~JOIIN HAY. 
Air. Gurry to Air. flay. 
fiéadrid, Afay 31, 1902, 
 SIR: The President of the United States, on the 13th of February, 1902,
sent me a commission as ambassador extraordinary on special mission as the
representative of the Government on the occasion of the coming of age of
Alfonso Xlii of Spain, "with all the privileges and authorities of right
appertaining to this commission." With Mr. Charles Ritchie Simpkins, who
had been appointed secretary of the embassy, and whose diplomatic experience
in South America, general culture, and prompt and intelligent discharge of
every duty made him a valuable auxiliary, on the 13th of May, the day after
my arrival in Madrid, I was received at the foreign office by the Duke de
A1tnodóvai~ del Rio, the minister of state, when I informed him officially
of my appointment and presented copies of my letter of credence and the letter
of felicitation. After a pleasant interview, in which I ~as reminded of the
congratulations of the American and the Spanish press at the appointment,
under peculiar circumstances, of myself as ambassador, he was emphatic in
expressing his pleasure at the action of the United States in consenting
to take part in the interesting ceremony wThich would occur when the King
would take the prescribed oath and be installed as a ruler. I was informed
that on the succeeding day, l)etween 10 and 12, Iwould be received in the
palace by Their Majesties. Time general reception of all special envoys,
except those of royal blood, had been fixed for the same hour and place.
The papal nuncio had precedence, and then I was presented to the Queen Regent
and to time King. The Queen gave an extremely cordial welcome, and was much
pleased when she was assured that the President gladly availed himself of
that method of showing the friendly regard which he had for the Government
and the people of Spain and of expressing his confidence that the mission
would strengthen the cordial relations now subsisting between the two countries.
After placing in her hands the official copies of the letters I took the
liberty of saying that I hoped It would not be considered improper for me
to add that by her personal 

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