to Mr. Evarts.
Vienna, February 23, 1881. (Received March 10.)
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.,