No. 391.

Mr. Keiley to the President.

To the President:

From the evidence which you have brought to my notice that the present Italian Government holds such prejudices concerning the opinions expressed, and still entertained, by me, in respect of certain public transactions now historic in that country, as render it impossible that my presence as minister to Italy would be either agreeable to that Government or to me, or useful to my own Government, I recognize the impropriety of retaining the commission with which you have honored me, and, with thanks for the confidence expressed in tendering it, I beg leave hereby to resign it.

I have, &c.,