Mr. Wilson to Mr. Seward
Sir: Since my first letter, announcing my arrival to the minister of foreign relations, I have been verbally informed that the delay in my official reception arose from the fact that his excellency General Leon Colina, the primer designado, in exercise of the presidency of the republic, has been, together with the greater number of the cabinet, called to Puerto Cabello to meet his excellency Marshal Falcon, President of the republic, who did not intend visiting the capital.
Immediately on the return here, on the 9th instant, of the primer designado, I received a very courteous note from the minister of foreign relations, fixing my reception for the following day (yesterday) at one o’clock. I replied, forwarding a copy of the remarks which I proposed making on my reception; a further copy of which I enclose herewith marked “enclosure No. 1.”[Page 442]
Yesterday at the hour named I presented myself at the government palace, and was immediately received by the minister of foreign relations, who, shortly afterwards, introduced me to the presence of his excellency the primer designado, who was surrounded by his cabinet.
After delivering my remarks, to which his excellency duly replied, (a copy of whose remarks I enclose, with translation, marked “enclosure No. 2,”) some purely complimentary conversation ensued, and I took my leave, well pleased with my reception.
The primer designado and his cabinet were very friendly, and the sentiments they expressed breathed the strongest desire to show their good will to the United States.
To-day I have visited the chargés d’affaires of the different powers represented here, (as has been the custom of other United States ministers,) and have had the satisfaction of meeting with them all, and of being cordially welcomed.
I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.