No. 220.
Mr. Lowell to Mr. Frelinghuysen.

No. 479.]

Sir: Referring to my No. 471 of the 2d instant in relation to the removal of the remains of the late John Howard Payne to the United States, I have the honor to acquaint you that late in the evening of that day I received the following telegram from Mr. Davis, Assistant Secretary:

Have you received news from Tunis relative to Payne’s remains?

I answered this by cable the next day, as follows:

No direct news from Tunis. Lord Granville informed me yesterday he had telegraphed December 30 to consul-general instructions to comply with wishes transmitted in your 506. See my 471.

I sent you a copy of Lord Granville’s letter in my No. 471.

On the 4th instant I received a further note from Lord Granville dated on the 1st, stating that the consul-general at Tunis had telegraphed on the 31st December that the remains would be shipped to Marseilles on the 4th of January.

I immediately telegraphed this information to you as follows:

Lord Granville informs me consul-general Tunis has telegraphed remains will be shipped 4th January, consigned to United States consul, Marseilles.

I have received this morning another letter from his lordship with inclosures giving an account of the exhumation of the remains and their shipment on board of the Charles Quint to the care of Mr. Taylor, the consul at Marseilles.

I inclose copies of such of this correspondence as has not already been transmitted.

I have written to Lord Granville an expression of my thanks for his courtesy and that of the British officials at Tunis in this matter.

I have, &c.,

J. R. LOWELL.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 479.]

Lord Granville to Mr. Lowell.

Sir: With reference to my communication of the 30th ultimo, I have the honor to inform you that a telegram was yesterday received from Her Majesty’s consul-general at Tunis, stating that the late Mr. John Howard Payne’s remains will be shipped for Marseilles on Thursday the 4th instant, consigned to the care of the United States consul at that port.

I have, &c.,

GRANVILLE.
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[Inclosure 2 in No. 479.]

Lord Granville to Mr. Lowell.

Sir: With reference to my communication of the 1st instant, I have now the honor to transmit to you, for the information of the United States Government, a copy of a dispatch and its inclosures received from Her Majesty’s consul-general at Tunis, giving further particulars relating to the exhumation and shipment of the remains of the late John Howard Payne.

I have, &c.,

PHILIP W. CURRIE,
For Granville.
[Inclosure 3 in No. 479.]

Mr. Reade to Lord Granville.

My Lord: I have the honor to report that, pursuant to the instructions expressed in your lordship’s telegram of the 30th ultimo, the remains of John Howard Payne were this day shipped on hoard the French steam vessel Charles Quint to the consignment of Mr. Taylor, the United States consul at Marseilles.

Owing to the impossibility of complying with some of the formalities which, under ordinary circumstances, would have been strictly enforced, in connection with the exhumation of the body, and to my communication with the United States consulate at Malta, in the hope that some ship of war of that nation might be charged with its conveyance across the Atlantic, some delay occurred in the execution of the instructions with which I was in the first instance honored by your lordship.

As stated in my telegram of the 30th ultimo, I had arranged to ship the remains two days ago, but, in order to allow of the arrival of the United States consul at Malta, who had expressed a wish to be present at their disinterment, the shipment did not take place until this morning.

I beg, in conclusion, to inclose a copy of the act executed on the occasion of the exhumation of those remains, and of my dispatch to the United States consul at Marseilles, announcing their shipment to his address.

I have, &c.,

THOS. F. READE.
[Inclosure 4 in No. 479.]

Mr. Reade to Mr. Taylor.

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that, conformably with the instructions of Her Majesty’s principal secretary of state for foreign affairs, I this day shipped on board the French steam vessel Charles Quint, and to your consignment at Marseilles, a case covering three coffins, two being of wood and one of lead, the innermost of which contains the remains of John Howard Payne, the distinguished poet and dramatist of your nation, who died in this city on the 1st of April, 1852, while serving his country in the capacity of consul.

The exhumation of those remains took place yesterday, with all the required formalities; Mr. Worthington, the United States consul at Malta, being among those who were present on the occasion.

Two keys of the outer coffin are inclosed, which I beg you will have the goodness to forward to that coffin’s destination in the States.

I have, &c.,

THOS. F. READE.
[Inclosure 5 in No. 479.]

In pursuance of instructions which, at the request of the Government of the United States of America, have been communicated to the English representative in this country by Her Majesty’s principal secretary of state for foreign affairs, the exhumation, prior to the removal to the United States, of the remains of John Howard Payne, the distinguished citizen and poet, who died at Tunis on the 1st of April, 1852, while serving his country as consul, took place this day, in the presence of Thomas Fellowes Reade, esq., Her Britannic Majesty’s agent and consul-general, and the following officers and gentlemen: Dr. F. Apia, Her Majesty’s consul and judge; John [Page 412]Worthington, esq., United States consul at Malta; Mr. M. Pisani, British proconsul; Dr. G. E. Pratz, M. D.; Dr. Achille, Perini, M. D.; Commander W. M. Bridger, R. N.; Mr. G. Carbonaro, and Mr. Alf. M. Camilleri, LL. D.; and with all the formalities required by law.


  • THOS. F. READE,
    Her Majesty’s Agent and Consul-General.
  • F. APIA,
    Her Majesty’s Consul and Judge.
  • JOHN WORTHINGTON,
    United States Consul at Malta.
  • M. PISANI,
    British Proconsul.
  • DR. G. E. PRATZ,
    Médecin de S. A. le Bey de Tunis.
  • DR. ACHILLE PERINI,
    Médecin de Police de S. A. le Bey, et Médecin honoraire de Consulat Générale d’ Angleterre.
  • W. M. BRIDGER, R. N.
  • G. CARBONARO.
  • ALF. M. CAMILLERI.
[Inclosure 6 in No. 479.]

Mr. Lowell to Lord Granville.

My Lord: I have the honor to acknowledge the reception of Mr. Currie’s note on behalf of your lordship of the 11th instant, with its inclosures, stating the fact of the exhumation of the remains of the late John Howard Payne at Tunis, and their shipment to the care of the United States consul at Marseilles, agreeably to the request of my Government, and I beg to express my most sincere thanks for your lordship’s courtesy in this matter, and for the promptness, delicacy, and efficiency with which Her Majesty’s consul-general at Tunis and other British officials have conducted this transaction.

I have, &c.,

J. R. LOWELL.