to Mr. Bayard.
Madrid, May 22, 1888. (Received June 4.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose a note from the foreign office, together with a translation, requesting that a resolution of the Chambers congratulating the Queen Regent on the ovation she has received on her journey from Madrid to Barcelona, and thanking the foreign nations for the honor done to Spain by sending squadrons to the port of Barcelona, be brought to the knowledge of the Government of the United States.
The Queen Regent on the 13th instant left Madrid en route for Barcelona, in order to be present at the formal opening of the exposition. She was accompanied by His Majesty Alfonso XIII, the two little princesses, and the president of the council of ministers, and the secretary of war. At Zaragossa, where the party tarried several days, and at every station on the railway, the Queen and the young King received most marked and enthusiastic demonstrations of respect and loyalty. Since her ascension to the throne the Queen Regent has steadily grown in popularity. Her tact, good sense, womanly and queenly virtues have gradually conquered prejudices, and now all parties, including even the republican, render homage and affection.
From the newspapers and private sources I learn that the Quinnebaug was the naval representative of the United States in the imposing ceremonial and display. The European powers had ordered thither many vessels, and nearly all the diplomatic corps had special instructions from their Governments to participate in the inauguration” of the exposition and the honors done to the Queen.
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