Mr. Stilwell to Mr. Seward.
Sir: Since the date of my second dispatch, of the 10th instant, the minister of foreign relations for the United States of Venezuela, in a very polite note, of the 13th instant, advised me that the President had been pleased to name Monday, the 16th instant, at 2 o’clock p. m., for my reception. I replied on the same day of receipt of his note, forwarding a copy of the remarks which I proposed making in my reception, (a copy of which I inclose herewith—inclosure No. 1.)
Yesterday, at the hour named, I presented myself at the government buildings, and was immediately received by honorable Jacinto Gutierrez, minister of foreign relations, who at once introduced me to the presence of his excellency Juan C. Falcon, President of the United States of Venezuela, who was surrounded by his cabinet and the principal military men of the republic, to the number of nearly, if not quite, one hundred persons. After the delivery of my remarks, to which his excellency replied, (a copy of which remarks I inclose, marked inclosure No. 2,) a very pleasant conversation of a few minutes followed, in which not only the President but the different members of his cabinet spoke in the most eulogistic terms of my government, its present administration, and its distinguished Secretary of State.
Following the custom inaugurated by my predecessors, to-day I have visited the envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary for Brazil and the several chargés d’affaires representing foreign powers near the government of Venezuela, and it is with much pleasure that I advise you that, as the representative of the United States, I was received with great courtesy and distinguished consideration.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.