Mr. Asboth to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of dispatch No. 1, of April 11th ultimo, from your department to this legation, informing me that the Senate had been pleased to confirm my nomination as minister resident to Uruguay, and inclosing my printed personal instructions; a sealed letter of credentials, with an office copy of the same; a circular letter on the duties of keeping up the records of the legation; and a list of the diplomatic and consular officers of the United States.
Before proceeding to acquaint you with my action in consequence of this dispatch, permit me to express my high sense of the further favor thus manifested to me. It was an honor which I felt deeply when, although only an adopted son of the great republic, I was commissioned to represent it abroad near the government of the Argentine Republic.
The additional trust now committed to me inspires feelings of profound gratitude, which I hope to be spared to evince by the zealous attention to the interests of the United States, for which the department so kindly gives me credit.
At the moment of receiving your dispatch No. 1, there was such an abatement of the sickness which has so long prostrated me as to afford hope that in a short time I might be able, in conformity with my insructions, to proceed to Montevideo.
Finding, however, that I was unable to travel, on the 6th September, ultimo, I opened communication by letter with Señor Don Alberto Flangini, the Uruguay minister of foreign affairs, which resulted in the reception of my credentials by the provisional governor of that republic; the address of a letter by him to the President of the United States, and the issue of a decree, under date of October 2d, ultimo, recognizing me in the character of minister resident of the United States to Uruguay.
I have the honor to inclose herewith, marked A, the above-mentioned sealed letter of the provisional governor of Uruguay to the President of the United States, and to annex a full copy of my correspondence with Señor Flangini, of my address to the provisional governor, and of his decree above alluded to, viz:
Legation of the United States, Buenos Ayres, September 6, 1867.
Sir: I have the honor to inform your excellency that the President of the United States of America was pleased to nominate, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, has appointed me to he minister resident of the United States of America to the republic of Uruguay, in addition to my present mission here.
Fully sensible of the importance of the high trust confided to me by my government, and convinced of the mutual benefits that will accrue to both republics from the establishment of more close and friendly relations between them, nothing would have given [Page 995]me greater gratification than, on the receipt of my commission, to have proceeded at once to Montevideo, the capital of the republic, there to ascertain, through your kind offices, the pleasure of his excellency the provisional governor, General Venancio Flores, as to the presentation of the letter accrediting me in my new official capacity.
A long protracted illness has, however, confined me for several months to a sick bed; and, as I am still unable to leave my room, I venture herewith, confidentially, to request that your excellency may be pleased to inform me whether, under these peculiar circumstances, which render impossible at present my haying the honor to deliver my credentials personally into the hands of the chief magistrate of the republic, his excellency General Flores would consent to a deviation from the established rule, and permit me to present them through your excellency by an official letter.
I beg to inclose a certified copy of these my credentials, and avail myself of this opportunity to assure your excellency of the distinguished consideration with which I have the honor to be your excellency’s obedient servant,
His Excellency Señor Don Alberto Flangini, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Montevideo.