Mr. Bryan to Mr. Hay.
Lisbon, August 12, 1903.
Sir: I have the honor to report as most satisfactory the result of the visit to this port of our European Squadron. * * *
The King, Queen, and the other members of the royal family of Portugal were exceedingly gracious to our officers, the sovereigns repeatedly expressing to me gratification at their visit. All the functions in their honor were attended by the entire ministry in a body. The banquet given by the Government was of unsurpassed magnificence.
I have the honor to send herewith a copy of the speech made on that occasion by the minister for foreign affairs, as well as my answer, as given in the Paris edition of the New York Herald.
I have great pleasure in reporting that every act of the commander in chief and of the officers of the fleet in furthering the end for which the visit was planned was such as to reflect credit upon themselves, the Navy, and our country.
Rear-Admiral Cotton and staff, with Captains Knox, Walker, and Cornwell and Commander McCrea worked hard, assisted by all their officers, to make their errand the marked success it has proved in pleasing the Portuguese Government and people. By their dignified, yet cordial, bearing they have won many friends for our nation throughout all Portugal.
I respectfully request that the Navy Department be informed of these satisfactory facts.
I look with confidence to commercial benefits resulting as the practical issue of this increased friendly regard of the two peoples.
I have, etc.,