Mr. White to Mr. Gresham.
St. Petersburg, November 7, 1893. (Received November 22.)
Sir: I have this day received from the nobility of St. Petersburg, through their marshal, Count Alexis Bobrinskoy, an address to the people of the United States.
This address, which is in the English language, embodies in terms fitly chosen the thanks of the Russian people to the American for the aid sent to this country from our own during the famine periods of the last two years. It is beautifully engrossed and its illumination embraces water-color drawings which render it a most attractive work of art. It is superbly bound, and inclosed in a case.
In my formal answer to the nobility of St. Petersburg I have thanked them in the name of the American people, and have promised to transmit this evidence of kind feeling to the State Department, not doubting that it will be placed where visitors to the national capital can see it.
It is certainly a monument not only of an international transaction, but of an epoch in human history which can not but appear more and more creditable to our country as time goes on.
I am, etc.,