Mr. Frelinghuysen to Mr. Morton.
Washington, February 26, 1883.
Sir: Your No. 283, of the 12th instant, in relation to the death of Mr. Gambetta, has been received.
The sentiments expressed by you on this occasion are commended. Mr. Gambetta’s life-long devotion to the principles of popular government, his eminent services in his country’s cause at a time of great public need, and the part he played in the upbuilding of a Government which so speedily and notably restored prosperity and tranquillity to France, and commanded the respect and admiration of all friendly nations, caused him to rank deservedly high among the men of his time and make his premature death regrettable as a national calamity.
I am, &c.,