No. 385.
Mr. Bassett to Mr. Fish.

No. 326.]

Sir: On the 4th of July instant, in commemoration of our nation’s birthday and in honor of our country, all my colleagues without exception hoisted their flags. Nearly all of them, together with numerous other foreigners, Americans and citizens of the country, called at the legation to pay their respects; and President Domingue purely of his own motion, and quite unexpectedly to me, sent to the legation the inclosed friendly sentiment, signed by himself. While my colleagues and others were here, the British minister and the German representative each proposed in fitting terms the health of President Grant, which was received with marked evidences of approval and satisfaction by all present.

I am, &c.,


President Domingue to Mr. Bassett.

Mr. Minister: To-day being the anniversary of the national fête of the United States, I come to express to you all the joy that I share with you this day.

May the States of the Union prosper under the shadow of peace, and may the ties of friendship which exist between the great American republic and Hayti be drawn closer and closer.

Receive. Mr. Minister, the new assurance of my affectionate salutations.

  • Mr. E. D. Bassett,
    Minister Resident of the United States near the Haytian Government.