Mr. Seys to Mr. Seward,.
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that the inauguration of his excellency J. S. Payne, as President of the republic of Liberia, took place with very imposing ceremonies on the 6th instant in this city.
A large and commodious platform, encircled and canopied with the flags of the different nations having treaties with Liberia, was erected in the public square, and on it were seated the retiring President, newly elected President, and such of his intended cabinet as had already been selected, all the members of the diplomatic corps, both houses of the legislature, the mayor and city council of Monrovia, and the members of the judiciary department.
The Vice-President, J. T. Gibson, of Cape Palmos, had not arrived, and could not with the President be sworn into office at the same time.
President Payne’s inaugural was of the first character, and was received by the surrounding multitudes with enthusiastic applause. So soon as it is published I shall see that copies are sent to the department, as well as the very superior message of Ex-President Warner at the opening of the legislature, which document is now going through the press.
The representatives of foreign powers having met the day before, unanimously resolved that the United States minister should be the medium of congratulation on their behalf.
I have the honor to inclose a copy of the few remarks made on the occasion, just at the termination of the inaugural address.
The honorable J. N. Lewis, for many years secretary of state, has been nominated, confirmed by the senate, and has accepted that office again.
The honorable H. W. Dennis as secretary of the treasury, and W. M. Davis, esq., as attorney general, are talked of.
I shall keep the department advised of all public movements, and have the honor to be, sir, with the utmost respect, your most obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.[Page 375]