Ambassador Reid to the Acting Secretary of State.
London, July 5, 1905.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith copies of personal letters received by me at my residence on the evening of July 3d from Lord Knollys for His Majesty the King, and from Lord Lansdowne, with reference to the lamentable death of the late Secretary of State. The next morning I returned notes of acknowledgment, and transmitted the substance of the letters to you by cable.
A memorial service for Mr. Hay, to be held in St. Paul’s Cathedral on the day of the funeral, was proposed by the Ven. Dr. Sinclair, Archdeacon of London, with a special collect for the occasion. I gratefully [Page 15] accepted the proposal. Mr. Van Duzer, honorable secretary of the American Society in London, kindly took charge of the general distribution of the 2,500 tickets to applicants, and the embassy made the proper arrangements for officials of the government and others who applied to it.
The King instructed the Earl of Denbigh, lord in waiting, to attend as his personal representative. The prime minister, Mr. Arthur Balfour, caused a letter to be sent, expressing great regret that the hour conflicted with imperative duties for himself and other ministers in the House of Commons, and requesting cards for a representative he wished to send. Lord Lansdowne attended in person, as did a great many others of high distinction in the government.
It may be proper to add that universal regret for the loss of Mr. Hay has been manifested in the public press, that there has been a constant stream of callers at the embassy and at Dorchester House, including English, Americans, and members of the diplomatic corps, to express sympathy, and that letters of regret and sympathy have been received from personages like Lord Rosebery, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, and very many others.
Copies of the replies to the letters from Buckingham Palace and the foreign office are herewith inclosed; also a copy of the letter from the prime minister, and of the order for the service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, with the special collect marked, and also a clipping from to-day’s “Times” giving an account of the memorial service.
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