The Duke de Arcos to Mr. Hay.


Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to notify your excellency that, having been appointed by His Majesty the King of Spain, and in his name by the Queen Regent of the Kingdom, his envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary near the United States of America, I have arrived at this capital for the purpose of taking charge of that high office.

I transmit to your excellency, inclosed, the customary copy of the royal letter accrediting me in that capacity and a copy of the short [Page 681] discourse which I propose to pronounce upon being received by the President of the Republic.

I therefore request your excellency to have the goodness to ask the President for an audience, in order that I may present him my letters of credence, and to inform me of the day and hour at which it is to take place.

I avail myself of this opportunity to tender to your excellency the assurances of my highest consideration.

[Inclosure 1.—Translation.]

Don Alfonso XIII, by the grace of God and the constitution King of Spain, and in his name and during his minority Dona Maria Cristina, Queen Regent of the Kingdom, to the President of the Republic of the United States .

Great and Good Friend: The good political and commercial relations which existed between Spain and the United States having been reestablished, we have decided to select Don José Brunetti y Gayso, Duke of Arcos, Grandee of Spain, Gentleman of the Bedchamber to His Majesty, Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Isabel the Catholic and of Naval Merit, Commander of the Royal and Distinguished Order of Carlos III, etc., to represent us in your Republic in the capacity of our envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary. The special qualities which unite in the Duke of Arcos, his recognized merit, and the knowledge which he possesses of the interests of our two countries make us hope that he will be favorably received by you, and we therefore do not hesitate to request you to give entire faith and credit to all that he may tell you in our name; and wishing you happiness and prosperity to your Republic, we are, great and good friend, your good friend,

  • Maria Cristina.
  • Francisco Silvela,
    Minister of State.

[Inclosure 2.—Translation.]

Mr. President: I have the honor to place in your excellency’s hands the royal letter by which Her Majesty, the Queen Regent of Spain, in the name of her august son, King Alfonso XIII, accredits me near this Government in the capacity of envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary.

I have come to renew the relations of friendship which have existed from of old between Spain and the United States, and which were interrupted by the war of last year. The treaty of peace which Spain has signed put an end to that war, and now, looking only to the future, Spain desires that her relations with this Republic may be as friendly as they were in times past, and from the days in which this country was struggling to gain its independence. It is my task to contribute to the renewal of these relations, to strengthen them, and to draw them closer; and in the discharge of it I hope to be aided by the kindness and cooperation of your excellency and of your Government.