Mr. Wilson to Mr. Seward
Sir: On the 28th ultimo, that being the day set apart by the government of Venezuela for the celebration of the anniversary of the birth of “the liberator,” Simon Bolivar, the diplomatic body was received by General Leon Colina, the executive in charge of the republic, and the cabinet, in the government palace, at 11 o’clock a. m.
On this occasion, as the representative of the diplomatic body, I delivered the congratulatory address, in my colleagues name and in my own, to the government.
This address (a copy of which I enclose, marked enclosure 1) has, I am happy to say, met with general commendation.
The spectators with whom the reception hall was crowded manifested their approval, during its delivery, by repeated and enthusiastic applause.
The copy of the reply of his excellency the primer designado (General Colina) is herewith enclosed, marked enclosure 2.
As appertaining to the events of the day, I also forward a newspaper slip taken from an editorial article in “El Federalista,” the leading journal of Venezuela. This enclosure, with its translation, is marked enclosure 3.
With much respect, I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.