Mr. White to Mr. Gresham.

No. 153.]

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.,

Andrew D. White.
[Inclosure in No. 153.]

Address of the nobility of St. Petersburg.

In the annals of Russia for 1892, painful though the memory he, history will point out many a bright and joyful page scattered throughout the Empire, on which will be written in letters of gold the beautiful story of brotherly love as exemplified’ by the good people of the United States of America.

Hardly had human voices been heard calling for bread in certain governments of Russia that had suffered from drought, hail, and untimely frost, ere that friendly people across the Atlantic, moved by an earnest desire to help the afflicted and to feed the hungry, collected from every State in the Union, as if by one accord, shipload after shipload of corn and dispatched them, one after the other, on their errand of mercy and relief.

Deeply grateful for such evident signs of evangelical feeling and interest, the assembly of nobles of the Government of St. Petersburg, as representatives of the intellectual class in Russia, has resolved to express their warm and heartfelt gratitude to those friendly people who form the great nation of the United States of America.

May the Lord bless and keep all those kind-hearted Americans, men, women, and children, who took part in that great and good work of charity, and may the Hand that giveth unto us all reward them bountifully and ever keep them from a like misfortune.

The marshal of the nobility of St. Petersburg,

Count Alexis Bobrinskoy.