Mr. Choate to Mr. Hay.

No. 900.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith copy of a circular note, which I have received from the Marquis of Lansdowne, stating that this Government deprecates the sending of special ambassadors from [Page 507] foreign countries to the postponed coronation, which is now fixed to take place on the 9th of August; and that they will expect foreign Governments to be represented by their ambassadors and ministers accredited to this country.

I have, etc.,

Joseph H. Choate.

Lord Lansdowne to Mr. Choate.

Your Excellency: I have the honor to inform you that, by the King’s commands, I have instructed His Majesty’s representatives in states which had accredited envoys to represent them at His Majesty’s coronation, to express to those Governments the profound regret which the King felt at being compelled, by his illness, to allow them to leave this country without offering them his thanks in person for the compliment which their appointment conveyed.

The improvement in the King’s health gives reason to hope that his coronation may take place in the course of a few weeks. It will not, however, be possible to carry out the original programme, and the ceremony will be performed with as much simplicity as the circumstances will allow.

His Majesty would, consequently, deprecate any special missions being sent from foreign countries to attend it, and would prefer that they should be represented on the occasion by their resident ambassadors and ministers at this court.

I have, etc.,