Mr. Worthington to Mr. Seward.
Sir: The unexpected departure of a mail from this port to-morrow affords me an opportunity of communicating to the department the correspondence and circumstances attending my presentation and reception as-minister resident of the United States to the Argentine Republic. On the 31st of August I addressed to Señor Rufino de Elizalde, minister of foreign affairs, a letter informing him of my arrival, and requesting the appointment of a time for my presentation to the President of the Argentine Republic, a copy of which said letter is hereto annexed, marked A. On the evening of the same day I received a reply to the same, a copy of which, together with a translation of the same, is hereto annexed, both of which are marked B. As I informed you in my dispatch [Page 252] No. 2, dated the 11th instant, my presentation was deferred, in consequence of my sickness, by mutual verbal understanding, until the 11th instant, at which time I was waited upon by Señor Delfin B, Huergo, sub-secretary of state, in company with an aide-de-camp of the President, in the government carriage, which the President very kindly put at my disposition, and conducted, in company with Mr. Hollister, United States consul, whom I invited to be present at the ceremony, to the governor’s mansion, where was provided a band of music and the usual military display, which is part of a custom of the country attending this ceremony.
On reaching the governor’s mansion I was most courteously received and taken charge of by Señor Rufino de Elizalde, by whom I was presented to his excellency the President, to whom I addressed the remarks hereto annexed, marked C, a copy of which I had previously transmitted to the minister of foreign affairs. I was received by the President, both in my official as well as in my personal character, with every manifestation of regard and good will, as indicated in his reply to my address, which is hereto attached, with a translation of the same, marked D. The President was surrounded by his entire cabinet, in the uniform of their highest military rank, as well as by a large concourse of citizens who had assembled to witness the ceremony.
After the exchange of remarks between the President and myself, which was followed by a short personal conversation, I was presented to the several members of his cabinet, from all of whom I received expressions of admiration for our government, and their great desire to see cultivated more intimately, if possible, the good relations between the two governments. These ceremonies being concluded, I returned, accompanied by the same escort, to my hotel, after which I made the usual visits to the various officers of the government and members of the diplomatic corps resident here.
All the circumstances attending this ceremony afford the most gratifying assurance of the happy relation existing between the two governments, and I feel confident that I will encounter no difficulty in preserving this good correspondence.
Nothing of any consequence has developed itself since my last despatch, except the speculation indulged in by the press as to who will succeed Señor Sarmiento as minister to the United States. There seems to be considerable unanimity in the belief that this distinction will be accorded to President Mitre, a gentleman of fine martial bearing, and, I learn, of fine cultivation and ability, and, withal, having a high appreciation of the superior excellence and advantage of our system of government and its institutions.
I have the honor to be, very truly, yours,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.