Mr. Bayard to Mr. Roustan
Washington , December 1, 1886.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge your note of the 29th ultimo in reference to the co-operation of the United States in the acts of the conference for the protection of literary and artistic works which met at Berne in 1884 and 1885 and terminated its work by the convention of 1886.
I especially notice the flattering wish of your Government that the United States should join the other nations in the laudable objects of the conference, and that to this end the President should, in his forthcoming annual message to Congress, pronounce himself in favor of such a course.
I have, in response, the pleasure to assure you that the well-known and favorable interest of the Administration of the United States in this important international project continues and will doubtless be reiterated on the reassembling of Congress.
Accept sir, etc.,