Dr. Mérou to Mr. Olney.
Washington, September 22, 1896.
Mr. Secretary: Communications from my Government have just reached me, whereby I am informed of the pleasure with which both our national authorities and the people of our nation received the visit of the delegates of the National Association of Manufacturers who arrived in the Argentine Republic early last month.
According to these advices the gentlemen in question were received, both officially and privately, with the high consideration to which they were entitled as representatives of the commercial and manufacturing interests of a great nation which is connected with our own by close bonds of friendship and regard. During their stay in our country they were the object of cordial demonstrations, and every possible effort was made to assist them in the fulfillment of their mission, special express trains being furnished to them to enable them to travel over a part of our fertile country, and the Government detailing a high officer of the ministry of finance to accompany them as the representative of that ministry, the said officer being able to furnish to them the data and information which they were most interested in knowing.
The delegates of the National Association of Manufacturers were thus enabled, notwithstanding the rapidity of their journey, to get a general idea of the facilities and resources of all kinds that are offered by our rich country for the development of commercial relations with the United States, and their pleasant visit may go far toward drawing closer those relations which are destined to assume vast importance under the aegis of the mutual facilities which now exist and which it is to be hoped may exist in future for the benefit of both nations.
I communicate these data to your excellency with real pleasure, and by way of completing them I am happy to inclose a copy of the decree issued by my Government on the 20th of July last, ordering an abstract of geographical and statistical information relative to the Republic to be printed for distribution among the members of the American commission.
I reiterate, etc.,