to Mr. Blaine.
St. Petersburg, March 15, 1881. (Received April 3.)
Sir: On yesterday, at 2.30 p.m., I received from you the following telegram:
Express to minister of foreign affairs the sentiments of sorrow with which the President and the people of the United States have heard of the terrible crime of which the Emperor has been the victim, and their profound sympathy with the imperial family and the Russian people in their great affliction.
I immediately sent a note to Minister de Giers, embodying the language of your telegram, of which I inclose a copy.
I am to-day in receipt of a reply from Mr. de Giers, in which he states that the Emperor, profoundly touched by the sentiments expressed in my note, has charged him to thank me for these testimonials of sympathy.
I inclose a translation of the minister’s note.
I am, &c.,