No. 1124.
Mr. Scott to Mr. Bayard.

No. 237.]

Sir: I have the honor to transmit to you the inclosed letter from President Lopez, of Venezuela, to President Cleveland.

I have, etc.,

Charles L. Scott.
[Inclosure in No. 237.—Translation.]

President Lopez to President Cleveland.

Great and good friend: I have, on this occasion, to perform one of the most pleasing duties of my public life, namely, to convey to you the expression of my gratitude, together with that of the Government and people of Venezuela, for the spontaneity with which your Excellency, the Congress,” and the people of your Republic united in doing honor to the remains of General José Antonio Paez, who devoted the best efforts of his life to the cause of freedom, as did the founders of the great American democracy, and who followed in the footsteps of George Washington, who was called “first in peace, first in war, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” The republican and civic virtues, of which our hero was a model, found an echo in the bosom of the Federation of the North, which is so true a friend of real glory and always so prompt to render to it the homage of its admiration. Thus it is, most excellent sir, that whenever we shall think of the esteem in which Paez was held, while alive, in your country, and of the honor that was shown to his remains, we shall give you fresh evidence of our gratitude and of our high appreciation of such demonstrations of sympathy, which are calculated to draw still closer, if this were possible, the bonds of friendship which unite our two countries.

Accept my best wishes for the uninterrupted prosperity and the progress of the United States of America, for that of the citizens and corporations that took part in the solemnities above referred to, and for your own happiness and welfare.

Great and good friend, your good friend,

[l. s.]
Hermógenes Lopez.

Diego B. Urbaneja,
Minister of Foreign Relations.