Mr. Gresham to Prince Cantacuzène.

Sir: I hastened to communicate to the President the melancholy announcement of the death of His Majesty the Czar, which you conveyed to me by your note of yesterday’s date; and I am charged by the President to assure you, and through you the Imperial Government, of his earnest sympathy with His Majesty’s family and with the people of Russia in the loss they have sustained.

The President has already, in response to a telegraphic message received directly from His Majesty Mcolas II, sent a telegram of regret and condolence to Livadia.

Adding an expression of my own personal sorrow and respect, I take this sad occasion, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.