No. 431.
Mr. Pendleton to Mr. Bayard.

No. 540.]

Sir: in the execution of your telegraphic instruction, received on the 16th instant, to convey to His Majesty the Emperor expression of the sympathy of the President and people of the United States in the heavy sorrow that has befallen him, I immediately addressed a note to the foreign office, and this morning received a response.

Copies of my note and the response, with translation, accompany this dispatch.

I have, etc.,

Geo. H. Pendleton.
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[Inclosure 1 in No. 540.]

Mr. Pendleton to Count Bismarck .

F. O. No. 325.]

The undersigned, envoy, etc., of the United States of America, has the honor to inform his excellency Count von Bismarck-Schönhausen, imperial secretary of state for foreign affairs, that he is this moment in receipt of a telegram from the Hon. Thomas F. Bayard, Secretary of State, in which the President, expressing his own and the sentiments of the people of the United States, offers heartfelt sympathy to his Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Germany in his sorrow because of the distressing affliction of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, and his best wishes for the alleviation and final cure of the illness of the illustrious sufferer and for His Majesty’s continued health and prosperity.

The undersigned prays that his excellency Count von Bismarck will have the kindness to cause this message of condolence and good wishes of the President to be presented to His Majesty the Emperor, and begs to be permitted to join in the sentiments therein expressed, and avails, etc.,

Geo. H. Pendleton.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 540.—Translation.]

Count Bismarck to Mr. Pendleton.

The undersigned has not failed to bring to the attention of His Majesty the Emperor and King the polite note of the 16th of this month, wherein the envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America, Mr. George H. Pendleton, gives expression to the sympathy of the President of the United States and of the American people in the severe illness of His Imperial and Royal Highness the Crown Prince.

His Majesty was deeply moved by the warm and earnest words in which the friendly wishes for the imperial house and the German land were clothed.

By his high command the German charge” in Washington has been directed by telegraph to express to the Government of the United States the sincere thanks of His Majesty for the heartfelt sympathy of the President and the American people in the heavy sorrow which weighs upon the imperial house and the whole land.

Whilst the undersigned, at the command of His Majesty, permits himself at the same time to thank sincerely the envoy for the expression of his personal feelings, he avails, etc.,

H. Bismarck.