Mr. Adams to Mr. Blaine.
Rio de Janiero, December 6, 1889. (Received January 2, 1890.)
Sir: I have the honor to continue my report on the progress of events relating to the change of Government.
On November 25 I cabled the Department a list of the Governments which had recognized the Provisional Government to that date. Later [Page 67] Switzerland, France, and the Pope recognized also. On the 9th the European powers unofficially resumed diplomatic relations, excepting Austria, who gave in her adherence to-day.
On November 25, seeing a statement that the Government proposed abolishing the requirement of passports for foreigners, I addressed a letter to the secretary of exterior relations, a copy of which is inclosed.
On November 26 a reply was received to my letter of the 20th, transmitting the instructions of the Department by cable to maintain diplomatic relations. A translation of reply is inclosed. In pursuance thereof I had the honor to call at the hour appointed on the secretary of exterior relations. A most agreeable and cordial interview ensued, in which he expressed the profound appreciation of the friendly attitude of the United States towards the effort to establish a republican form of government in Brazil.
On December 1, I received Department’s cable of November 30. As soon as opportunity offers, the instructions thereof will be cheerfully carried out. I inclose a translation of decree No. 7, which will give some idea of the measures adopted. In a recent decree, a commission of four was established to draught a constitution. No word of an election is heard for delegates to an assembly.
On Wednesday, November 28, the United States frigate Richmond arrived in port. I had been requested by the English minister and by some excited American citizens to request the presence of a war ship. But as there was no necessity and the fever had already shown itself in Bio I saw no reason to do so. The Richmond sailed for Bahia on the 5th instant.
I am, etc.