Señor Dupuy de Lôme to Mr. Foster.


Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to transmit to your excellency, with the customary office copy, the accompanying letter which Her Majesty the Queen Regent addresses to the President of the United States in reply to the invitation to attend the opening ceremonies of the World’s Exposition at Chicago, and I beg your excellency to have the kindness to have the said royal missive conveyed to its high destination.

I avail myself of this occasion to renew to your excellency the assurances of my highest consideration.

Enrique Dupuy de Lôme.

Queen Cristina to President Harrison.

Don Alfonzo XIII, by the grace of God Constitutional King of Spain, and in his name and during his minority,

Dona Maria Cristina, Queen Regent of the Kingdom, to the President of the United States of America:

Great and Good Friend: Great satisfaction was given us by the letter which you addressed to us at the request of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic in Congress assembled, inviting my well-beloved son and me, as the successors of Queen Isabella the Catholic, of glorious memory, to attend the opening ceremonies of the Columbian Exposition, which is to be held in the city of Chicago in the month of May next, in commemoration of the happy event of the discovery of America. Both my son and I feel most grateful for this token of esteem and regard, and I beg you to convey to the Congress of the United States the assurance of our feelings of gratitude, and to inform that body, at the same time, how deeply we regret that the provisions of our constitution will prevent us from being present at those impressive ceremonies, as we should have been glad to do. Offering fervent prayers for the prosperity and happiness of your Republic, we pray God to have you in his holy keeping.

Done at the palace of Madrid this 8th day of October, 1892.

Great and good friend, your great and good friend,

  • Maria Cristina.
  • Cárlos O’Donell.