Mr. Hill to Mr. Takahira.

Sir: The pressure of public business attendant upon the death of President McKinley has delayed until now an acknowledgment of the telegram from the Japanese minister for foreign affairs (copy of which was left by you at the Department), conveying an expression of His Imperial Majesty’s sympathy in view of that sad event.

I shall be obliged if you will assure his excellency, in the name of the Government and people of the United States, as well as in the name of the family of the late President, that this message of sympathy on the part of His Majesty was received with sincere and grateful appreciation.

Accept, etc.,

David J. Hill,
Acting Secretary.