Mr. Armstrong to Mr. Bayard.
Rio de Janeiro, November 22, 1888. (Received January 9, 1889.)
Sir: On the 20th of this month the Brazilian Parliament (after being twice prorogued) terminated its labors, the session being closed by Sis Majesty, the Emperor, with a speech from the throne. A copy and translation of the same I have the honor to inclose herewith. As will he seen, he makes grateful acknowledgments to the Brazilian people for their unwavering love of him, congratulates the country upon the peaceful manner in which slavery was abolished, etc. The demonstrations to which allusion is made in the speech, were those welcoming him on his return from Europe, which were spontaneous and on a grand scale, never equalled before in the history of the country. Prince Jose, to whose death he so feelingly alludes, was the third son of his second and youngest daughter (now dead) who married the Duke of Saxe-Coburg, Germany. Presuming the Department would be interested by the speech, I have therefore made the translation and forwarded it.
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