to Mr. Evarts.
the United States,
February 5, 1878.
(Received February 25.)
Sir: Referring to my Kb. 177, of the 27th of
December last, I have the honor to inform you that Lieut. Commander F. M.
Green reported to me on the 2d instant that he had satisfactorily completed
the work of measuring the difference of longitude between this point and
Madeira, and desired me to express to the Portuguese Government, and
especially to the officers of the Royal Observatory, his appreciation of the
very courteous manner in which he has been aided in every possible way in
his work at this place. This I did on the 4th instant, and I now forward
copies of Captain Green’s note to me, in which he made this request, and of
my note to Mr. Corvo, based thereon.
No pains were spared by the Portuguese authorities to lessen the labors of
Captain Green and his officers, and he states that the success of his work
is due in a great measure to this fact.
The Guard sailed from Lisbon for Madeira on Sunday the 3d instant, at about 1
p.m., and after a few days’ stay there will proceed as speedily as possible
to St. Vincent, Cape Verdes, where Captain Green and his officers will begin
the work of measuring the difference of longitude between that place and
some given point on the northeastern coast of South America.
I have, &c.,
[Inclosure 1 in No. 185.]
Lieut Commander Green to Mr. Moran
States Ship “Guard”
Sir: The work of measuring the difference of
longitude between this point and Madeira being completed, I desire to
express my grateful appreciation of the assistance received from you,
and of the very courteous and friendly manner in which the authorities
of the Portuguese Government, especially the officers of the Royal
Observatory, have aided us in every possible way. No pains have been
spared by them to lessen our labors, and the success of our work is, in
a very great measure, due to their kind offices.
I have requested the honorable Secretary of the Navy to express his
thanks to them in a formal manner.
Very respectfully, &c.,
F. M. GREEN,
[Inclosure 2 in No. 185.]
Mr. Moran to Mr.
Joao de Andrade
Legation of the United States,
Monsieur le Ministre: Referring to my
correspondence with your excellency and the Marquez d’Avila on the
determination by United States naval officers of the longitude of both
coasts of South America from Paris, I have the pleasure to inform you,
on the authority of Captain Green of the United States ship “Guard,”
that the work of measuring the difference of longitude between Lisbon
and Madeira is completed. Captain Green sailed yesterday with the
“Guard” for Madeira and the island of St. Vincent, where he will resume
his work of observation.
Before leaving, he desired me to express to your excellency his grateful
appreciation of the very courteous and friendly manner in which the
authorities of His Most Faithful Majesty’s Government, especially the
officers of the Royal Observatory, aided him and his officers in every
possible way. No pains were spared by them to lessen his labors, and he
assures me that the success of his work is in a great measure due to
their kind offices.
I have particular pleasure in conveying to your excellency this
acknowledgment of Captain Green’s appreciation of the assistance he
received, and beg to express the hope that the gentlemen referred to may
be made acquainted with Captain Green’s recognition of their useful
Captain Green has reported to the honorable Secretary of the Navy his
sense of the obligation he is under to His Majesty’s Government for the
courteous assistance rendered to him while in Lisbon, and in due time I
hope to receive instructions from that high officer to express to you
his formal thanks for the aid which has been so promptly and effectually
afforded to Captain Green.
I avail myself of this occasion to renew, &c., &c.,