No. 90.
Mr. Holcombe to Mr. Evarts.

No. 15.]

Sir: I have the honor to hand to you herewith a copy of a letter received from Dr. Elmore, the minister for Peru, extending the thanks of the President of Peru to Mr. Seward for services rendered to the first mission from that country to China.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure in No. 15.]

Mr. Elmore to Mr. Seward.

Sir: It is my very pleasant duty, in virtue of special instructions I have received from his excellency the President of Peru, to express to your excellency the profound [Page 141] gratitude of the Peruvian Government to yourself for your good offices and many services to the first mission of Peru in this empire, both in the time of Captain Garcia y Garcia, and when I became the chief of it. In your capacity of consul-general at Shanghai, always kindly and most efficiently seconded by Mr. Vice-Consul-General Bradford, you did constant and invaluable services to Peru during more than three years, and subsequently, as minister of the United States, your good offices, and the interest you have evinced for Peru, and your distinguished representation of my country at the court of Peking for the last two years during my absence, are facts which my government fully appreciates and sincerely thanks you for.

The President wishes me also to express through you to your excellent secretary and interpreter, Mr. Chester Holcombe, the acknowledgment of the very important services which he kindly lent me during my last residence at Peking in the winter of 1875–’76.

To these expressions of my government’s recognition of your services and those of the efficient officers under your excellency, I beg to add my own sentiments of the deep gratitude which will perpetually accompany me.

I have the honor to renew to your excellency the assurances of my highest consideration and of my personal regard.


His Excellency George F. Seward,
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States, Peking.