No. 319.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Phelps .

No. 629.]

Sir: I inclose herewith a letter, with office copy thereof, from the President to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, congratulating her upon the arrival of the fiftieth anniversary of her accession to the Crowri of Great Britian.

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You will transmit the office copy to the foreign office with the statement that you will be pleased to present the original in the manner most agreeable to Her Majesty.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.

Grover Cleveland, the President of the United States, to Her Majesty Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India.

Great and Good Friend; In the name and on behalf of the people of the United States I present their sincere felicitations upon the arrival of the fiftieth anniversary of Your Majesty’s accession to the Crown of Great Britain.

I but utter the general voice of my fellow countrymen in wishing for your people the prolongation of a reign so marked with advance in popular well-being, physical, moral, and intellectual.

It is justice and not adulation to acknowledge the debt of gratitude and respect due to your personal virtues, for their important influence in producing and conserving the prosperous and well-ordered condition of affairs now generally prevailing throughout your dominions.

May your life be prolonged, and peace, honor, and prosperity bless the people over whom you have been called to rule; may liberty flourish throughout your Empire under just and equal laws, and your Government be strong in the affections of all who live under it.

And I pray God to have your Majesty in His holy keeping.

Done at Washington, this 26th of May, A. D. 1887.

Your good friend,

Groves Cleveland.

By the President:

T. F. Bayard,
Secretary of State.