Mr. Biddle to Mr. Fish.
Legation of the
Salvador, March 24, 1873.
(Received April 21.)
Sir: Referring to the subject of my dispatch No.
111, I have the honor to inform you of the arrival, at the port of La
Libertad, in this state, of Her Majesty’s ship Reindeer, Commander W. R.
This officer addressed me a communication, as by inclosure No. 1, generously
offering me and my family refuge from existing peril on board of his
I replied, as by inclosure No. 2, expressing high appreciation of his kind
proffer, but stating that as my family were in security at this hour, I felt
that duty called me to my post.
Such friendly action as this of Captain Kennedy produces the happiest result,
and begets feelings of brotherhood between kindred peoples.
I have, &c.,
Commander Kennedy to
H. M. S. REINDEER.
Dear Sir: I have just come up here to see if I
can be of any use to you or any one. Pray let me know if such is the
case. I will take you and your family to Panama if you like.
W. R. KENNEDY,
Commander, Royal Navy.
Mr. Biddle to Commander Kennedy
the United States,
Salvador, March 23,
My Dear Captain: I have received with extreme
gratification your hospitable proffer of Her Majesty’s ship Reindeer as
a refuge from the existing peril.
As my family are now sheltered from danger, I believe it to be my duty to
remain at my post, but cordially tender to you my grateful thanks for
this noble tender of material assistance from a kindred nationality,
Which my Government will appreciate.
I have, &c.,
- Commander R. W.
Kennedy, R. N.,
H. M. S. Reindeer.