The Acting Secretary of State to the Diplomatic and Consular Officers of the United States.
Washington, July 3, 1905.
Gentlemen: I append a copy of the proclamation of the President concering the death of the Hon. John Hay, Secretary of State.
In obedience to this proclamation, and as a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased statesman, and in tribute to his distinguished services, you will cause the flag of the United States to be displayed at half-mast over your respective offices for a period of ten days.
I am, etc.