No. 70.
Mr. Evarts to Mr. Hilliard.

No. 123.]

Sir: Referring to your No. 185, I inclose herein a letter from the President to His Majesty the Emperor of Brazil, in which is expressed the appreciation entertained by this government of His Majesty’s courtesy in the appointment made by him of the third commissioner provided for in the American-French claims convention of January 15 last; also a copy of the same.

You will please transmit the copy to the office of the minister of state, and present the original in a manner most agreeable to His Majesty.

I am, sir, &c.,

[Inclosure in No. 123.]

President Hayes to the Emperor of Brazil.

Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States, to His Majesty Dom Pedro I, Constitutional Emperor and Perpetual Defender of Brazil:

Great and Good Friend: I have received intelligence from the envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States in Brazil of the nomination by your Imperial Majesty of the Councillor, Baron de Arinos, the envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of Your Majesty at Brussels, as the third commissioner, provided for by the text of the convention concerning claims, entered into on the 15th of January last between the United States and France.

The Government of the United States fully appreciates the courtesy of Your Majesty in acceding to the invitation respecting this appointment, and will be peculiarly gratified to welcome to the scene of his labors a gentleman already distinguished by the regard of Your Majesty.

May God have Your Majesty in His wise keeping.

Your good friend,

By the President:
Wm. M. Evarts,
Secretary of State.