Mr. Hay to the Duke de Arcos.

No. 1.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 1st instant, inclosing a copy of the royal letter accrediting you in the capacity of envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of His Majesty the King of Spain near the Government of the United States, and requesting to be informed when the President will receive you in order that you may present the original to him.

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In reply I have the honor to state that the President has been pleased to designate Saturday, the 3d instant, at 11 o’clock a.m., as the day and hour when he will receive you for the purpose. If you will call at this Department on the quarter before that hour I shall be pleased to accompany you to the Executive Mansion and to present you to the President.

Accept, etc.,

John Hay.

Reply of the President to Spanish minister’s address.

Mr. Minister: I receive with the greatest gratification the letter by which Her Majesty the Queen Regent of Spain, in the name of her august son, King Alfonso XIII, has accredited you near this Government as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary.

You will find, Mr. Minister, a cordial welcome in this country, not only from those whose friendship you acquired during your former residence, but from all our people, who rejoice, as I do, at the renewal of the ancient bonds of amity which, with a brief interruption, have united our nations for more than a hundred years. That these friendly relations may be confirmed and strengthened to the advantage of both peoples is my earnest wish, and I can assure you that every member of this Government will heartily cooperate with you in that desirable end.