No. 355.
Mr. Biddle to Mr. Fish.

No. 140.]

Sir: Referring to your instruction No. 55, I have the honor to inform you that pursuant thereto I requested an audience with President Gonzalez, [Page 824] through the minister of foreign relations, for the purpose of presenting my letter of recall, and that of this date the same was duly delivered, with a brief address, which was kindly received, as by the accompaniment hereto.

The president showered upon me every manifestation of cordial good will, sending his private carriage to conduct me to and from the ceremony, and at its conclusion he tendered me a public banquet as a mark of his personal regard.

He is an enthusiastic admirer of President Grant, and spoke of him with the blunt frankness of a brave soldier.

I shall leave for the United States by the earliest opportunity, and avail myself of this occasion to express to you, and to all connected with the Department of State, my grateful obligations for the unvarying courtesy and kindness of which I have been the recipient.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure 1.]

Mr. Biddle to Mr. Castillo

Señor Minister: I have the honor to commnnicate to yon herewith an office copy of a letter from the President of the United States, addressed to President Gonzalez of Salvador, relative to my return to my country, and expressive of his sincere desire to strengthen and extend the friendly intercourse now happily subsisting between the two governments, and to secure to the people of both countries a continuance of the benefits resulting from that intercourse, and to request the appointment of a time and place at which I may have audience with the president for the purpose of presenting the original in person.

I avail myself of this occasion to express to you, señor minister, the very high consideration with which I have the honor to subscribe myself,

Your obedient servant,

[Inclosure 2.—Translation.]

Mr. Castillo to Mr. Biddle

Sir: I have had the honor to receive your polite dispatch dated the 24th instant, accompanying the autographic letter addressed by the President of the United States to the president of this republic, upon the occasion of your return to your native country.

The marshal president, without prejudice to the reply which he may make when he receives the original letter from your hands, has instructed me to declare here that the kindly sentiments expressed by General Grant toward the Salvadorean government and people correspond with the enthusiastic sympathy and admiration of Salvador and its government for the great American nation, and to the illustrious chief who now guides its destinies, and to an ardent desire to strengthen and extend more and more the friendly and sincere relations which so happily exist between both governments.

The marshal president has designated for the audience of leave which you have requested 1 o’clock on the last day of the present month in the reception room of the provisional palace.

I hope that this selection may be convenient and acceptable to you.

With the assurances of the very highest appreciation and consideration,

I have, &c.

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[Inclosure 3.]

Memorandum of address of Mr. Biddle to President Gonzalez

Señor President: I have the honor to present a letter addressed to you by the President of the United States upon the occasion of my return to my country.

In taking leave, I desire to express my grateful appreciation of the constant and unvarying kindness and consideration, both in official and personal relations, which I have experienced from you, and it affords me gratification to be the medium of conveying the assurance of the sincere desire of President Grant to strengthen and extend the friendly intercourse now happily subsisting between the two governments, and to secure to the people of both countries a continuance of the benefits resulting from that intercourse.

Praying that peace may long continue to shed its blessings upon Salvador, and that its growing material prosperity may reward your energy and patriotic guidance. I can invoke for this fertile state no greater blessing than that in religion, liberty, peace, happiness, and wealth it may ever merit its Indian appellation, “Cuzcatlan”—the land of plenty.

[Inclosure 4.—Translation.]

Reply of the President of the republic to the farewell address of the Minister of the United States

Mr. Minister: Your kind expressions in taking leave to return to your country have created in me feelings of the most grateful satisfaction.

Truly you must be convinced of the esteem and appreciation which the government and the Salvadoreans in general have demonstrated for you.

These sentiments are based upon the propriety with which you have fulfilled your diplomatic duties, and the great personal gifts which adorn you.

My government, enthusiastic on account of the power and progress of the illustrious American people, and interpreting the wishes of Salvador, has ever striven and desires for the future to strengthen the friendly relations and cordial understanding which happily exist with that of the American Union.

With regard to yourself, Mr. Minister, not only have you afforded us the satisfaction to treat officially with a diplomatist of exquisite tact, but also the agreeable pleasure to have in our society a thorough gentleman of so great culture in his private relations.

Therefore I have sorrow at you departure, and lean assure you that both in the government and people of Salvador you will leave many friends who will wish your prosperity.

When returning to your country, I beg that you may be the honorable means of communication to your Government of my sincere and fervent prayers that Providence may ever reward as signally as hitherto the noble aspirations of the American nation.