to Mr. Evarts.
St. Petersburg, December 24, 1877. (Received Jan. 18, 1878.)
Sir: I have the honor to say that on Saturday last, December 22, His Majesty the Emperor of Russia returned from the army of the Danube, and made what may be termed a solemn entry into the capital.
As the popular excitement produced by the recent great victories of the Russian arms had not yet faded in the public mind, the Emperor was received with extraordinary public enthusiasm, and his progress from the railway station to his palace was almost a modern imitation of an ancient triumph. I herewith inclose a newspaper account of the incidents of the occasion, which, after abating somewhat from the warmth of coloring due to the official zeal of the writer, is sufficiently accurate in its statement of facts.
The chancellor of the empire, Prince Gortchacoff, and the officials of the ministry of foreign affairs who have been absent at Bucharest, returned to St. Petersburg with His Majesty, and the first named has given official information that he has again entered on the performance of the functions of his office.
I have, &c.,