Mr. Langston to Mr. Evarts.
Port au Prince, Hayti, June 7, 1879. (Received June 20).
Sir: Referring to my dispatch, No. 157, of the 19th ultimo, I had the honor to advise you of the opening of the National Assembly of this republic, and in that dispatch promised to transmit to you copies in French, with the translations, of the addresses delivered on this occasion by the president of the Senate and the President of the republic. Copies of such addresses I herewith inclose and transmit for your consideration.
Both addresses are brief, and both are well calculated, as presented in the French, to be of service to the people of this country. The address of the president of the Senate, in so far as it attempts a description of the real situation of Hayti, seems to me to be altogether truthful. And that portion of the address of the President in which allusion is made to the want of capital here is very correct. Industry does languish for some reason here, and capital seems to grow steadily less and less.
It is a fact that the fifteenth legislature has done its work and passed into history; and the sixteenth legislature, with its unusual responsibility of making a selection of the successor of President Canal, enters upon the duties of its first session with anything other than a bright and flattering future. Indeed, whether the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate will be able to act harmoniously in the interest of the general good seems even now to be problematical. For, so soon after the formal opening of the National Assembly, the Senate has refused to recognize the election of General Prophéte, sr., to the Senate, alleging as ground for such refusal that the Chamber of Deputies has not been constituted upon a legal majority, and the two bodies are at conflict to-day upon this subject.
I am, &c.,