No. 616.
Mr. Foster to Mr. Blaine.

No. 97.]

Sir: On day before yesterday, the 16th instant, I received your telegram communicating the resolutions of the Senate of the United States on the death of the late Emperor. On the same day I called in person upon Mr. de Giers, minister of foreign affairs, and handed him a note embodying the resolutions, of which I inclose a copy herewith. Mr. de Giers expresses his great pleasure at receiving this testimonial of sympathy, and said he would lay it before His Majesty at once, and on yesterday afternoon he sent me the note, of which I now transmit a copy and translation, communicating the acknowledgment of the Emperor.

In view of its expressive language, and also of the fact that the Senate might not be in session on receipt by the department of the copy by mail, I telegraphed you last evening as follows:

Minister of foreign affairs says “Emperor profoundly touched by expressions of sympathy of President (see my No. 94) and Senate, of a country for which the deceased Emperor professed a sincere esteem and earnest friendship. It is a legacy which he leaves to Emperor Alexander Third, and which His Majesty, in accord with the Russion nation, accepts from the depth of his heart.”

It may be added that your telegrams, having been published in the Russian newspapers, have been very gratefully received by the press and the Russian people, and will not fail to strengthen the ties of cordial friendship which united the two countries.

I am, &c.,

[Inclosure 1 in No. 97.]

Mr. Foster to Mr. de Giers.

Excellency: I am instructed by my government to inform you that the Senate of the United States in its session on yesterday, by a unanimous vote, passed the following resolutions:

“Whereas, the Senate of the United States of America, now convened in special session, has been informed of the death, by unlawful and inhuman violence, of His Majesty the Emperor Alexander II of Russia:

Resolved, That the Senate unites its voice with that of all civilized people in denouncing [Page 1012] assassination as a means of redress for any grievances, either real or imaginary, and that, remembering and cherishing with satisfaction the relations of genuine friendship that have always existed between the people and the Governments of Russia and of the United States, to the strengthening and maintenance of which the late Emperor has earnestly contributed his great influence, the Senate extends to the government and people of Russia its sincere condolence in this sad national bereavement.

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate deliver a copy of these resolutions to the President of the United States, with the request that he communicate the same to the Russian Government.”

In thus communicating these additional testimonials of the sympathy of my country, I improve the occasion to renew, &c.

[Inclosure 2 in No. 97.—Translation.]

Mr. de Giers to Mr. Foster.

Sir: I have submitted to His Majesty the Emperor the letter you addressed to me, in order to transmit to me the vote of the Senate of the United States of America on the occasion of the horrible crime under which has fallen the benefactor-sovereign, whom all Russia weeps for to-day.

My august master has been profoundly touched by this mark of respect for his beloved father, and of sympathy with himself, coming from the high assembly of a country for which the deceased Emperor always professed a sincere esteem and warm friendship.

It is a legacy which he leaves to the Emperor Alexander III, and which His Majesty, in accord with the Russian nation, accepts from the bottom of his heart.

Will you, sir, give this assurance to the Senate of the United States, while transmitting to it the thanks of my august master.

Receive at the same time, &c.