No. 25.
Mr. Kasson to Mr. Evarts.

No. 426.]

Sir: Referring to my No. 401, I have now the honor to transmit herewith the concluding correspondence on the subject of a representative of the United States to reside at Belgrade, which appears to be earnestly desired by the government of that principality.

I venture to express the hope that my government will favorably appreciate the dignified btit touching appeal involved in the contrast of the financial condition of the two countries, suggested in the last note of the Servian envoy, and will lend to that government the moral support of an American representative at its capital. Servia is struggling to establish its independence with the civilization of western Europe, under many difficulties arising from powerful intervening neighbors, and from the burdens imposed on it by the provisions of the Berlin Congress. It would seem to have a moral right to the generous consideration of the freer, richer, and more disinterested members of the family of nations.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure 2 in No. 426.—Translation.]

Mr. Kasson to Mr. Christitch.

Monsieur le Ministre: Referring to my note of the 24th December, 1880, addressed to your excellency, I have now the honor to advise you that my government has received [Page 37] with the most sincere satisfaction the expression of the friendly sentiments entertained by the Servian Government, and of its desire to have at Belgrade a representative of the United States.

Mr. Evarts, the Secretary of State for foreign affairs, while awaiting a communication from the Servian Government relative to the rank of the representative which it might desire to send to the United States, will submit the proposition communicated to him to the consideration of the President and of Congress.

Accept, Monsieur le Ministre, &c.,


His Excellency Mr. Ph. Christitch,
Envoy Extaordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Servia, at Vienna.

[Inclosure 4 in No. 426.—Translation.]

Mr. Christitch to Mr. Kasson.

Monsieur le Ministre: I have just received the response of the minister for foreign affairs following the communication of the contents of the note which you were pleased to address to me on the 1st instant. The government sincerely regrets that the present condition of our finances does not allow it to nominate its representative near the United States of America; still, it indulges the hope that the great and wealthy Republic will not for that reason be less disposed to nominate its representative at Belgrade.

I avail myself, Monsieur le Ministre, of this fresh occasion to renew to your excellency the assurances of my highest consideration.


His Excellency Mr. John A. Kasson,
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, &c., &c., &c., at Vienna.