The German Ambassador to the Acting Secretary of State.
Washington, July 4, 1905.
Mr. Acting Secretary of State: In reply to your note of the 1st instant, which I received only to-day, as it had been inadvertently addressed to Lenox, Mass., I have the honor to state that I have received the news of the death of Secretary of State Hay with deep sorrow. The American people and the Department of State have suffered an irreparable loss in the death of this eminent statesman, and I assure you that Germany sympathizes heartily with the United States in its loss.
I have known the deceased personally for twenty years, and have had many opportunities to become acquainted with his sterling qualities as a statesman and as a man.