No. 263.

Mr. McLane to Mr. Bayard.

No. 28.]

Sir: With reference to the ceremonies which have taken place at New York upon the arrival at that port and the delivery of the statue of Liberty, I have received from M. de Freycinet an official communication requesting me to express to my Government the thanks of the French Republic for the magnificent and flattering way in which the gift of France has been received.

I inclose herewith a copy and translation of Mr. de Freycinet’s note.

I have, &c.,

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[Inclosure in No. 28.—Translation.]

Mr. de Freycinct to Mr. McLane.

Sir: Our consul at New York telegraphs me an account of the imposing ceremony which has just taken place in the United States on the occasion of the delivery of the statue of Liberty. He calls especial attention to the magnificent reception and flattering welcome which Admiral Lacombe and his staff have received from Mr. Whitney, Secretary of the Navy, and Mr. Grace, mayor of New York.

I beg you to be kind enough to transmit to the Federal Government the expression of our gratitude for these marks of sympathy which correspond so well with the sentiments of good feeling and cordiality which unite the two nations.

Accept, &c.,