Legation of Switzerland,
Mr. Secretary of State:
The undersigned, minister of the Swiss Confederation, has the honor to
present to you, by order of his Government, the annexed note, on which
occasion the undersigned takes pleasure in renewing to you, Mr.
Secretary of State, the assurances of his high consideration.
[Inclosure in Colonel Frey’s note of
June 21, 1886—Translation.]
His Excellency the Secretary of
State of the United States:
Excellency: On the 6th of November, 1885,
we had the honor to transmit to your excellency a certain number of
copies of the “Acts of the second international conference [Page 861] for the protection of
literary and artistic works,” which sat at Berne from the 7th to the
18th September, 1885, and at the same time to invite you to be good
enough to have yourself represented at a new conference which is to
assemble at Berne in September, 1886, in order to sign the
convention resulting from the deliberations of the conference of
1885, and thus to transform this convention into a diplomatic
We have now the honor to inform your excellency that, according to
the information we have received, the convention draft has met with
a favorable reception. Consequently the meeting of the new
conference is fixed for the 6th September, 1886; it will take place
at Berne, in the hall of the council of states, at 11 a.m.
We are glad to believe that your Government will participate in it,
and with this hope we request your excellency to inform us of the
name of your delegate, and to furnish him with the powers necessary
to sign the convention.
We avail, &c.,
In the name of the Swiss Federal Council.
The President of the