to Mr. Blaine.
St. Petersburg , March 18, 1881. (Received April 2.)
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.,