Chargé Brown to the Acting Secretary of State.

No. 288.]

Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith copies with translations appended of the expressions of condolence on the death of Mr. Hay received by this legation from the Governments of Guatemala and Honduras.

The spontaneous expression of sympathy from President Estrada Cabrera seems to me to be marked by a sincere appreciation of the dead statesman and a true spirit of friendship toward the United States.

I have, etc.,

Philip Brown.
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[Inclosure 1.—Translation.]

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guatemala to Chargé Brown.

Mr. Chargé: With the most profound sorrow informed myself of the contents of your honor’s note of this date, informing me of the sad death of the Hon. Mr. Hay, Secretary of State of the United States, that occurred this morning.

The disappearance of that eminent diplomat and illustrious coworker of His Excellency President Roosevelt must resound with a sad echo, not only in his own country, but over the whole world, since his authorized word was listened to with respect by all the governments of the earth.

Kindly accept, your honor, on this sad occasion, the assurance of our heartfelt sympathy, which in my own name and that of the Government of this Republic I present to you.

I renew, etc.,

Juan Barrios, M.
[Inclosure 2.—Translation.]

The President of Guatemala to Chargé Brown.

Honorable Friend: I have just received the sad notice of the death in Washington of that notable American statesman, John Hay, who was such an honor to the Government of the Republic you worthily represent in the delicate post of secretary of foreign affairs.

Aside from the demonstrations that the government will make owing to this notable occurrence, I desire to directly express for it to your honor my most sincere sorrow, that your honor may kindly communicate same to your government. You well know how occurrences to that great nation affect your obedient servant,

Manuel Estrada, C.
[Inclosure 3.—Translation.]

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Honduras to Chargé Brown .


With profound sorrow I have received your excellency’s message communicating to my government the sad news of the unexpected death in Washington on yesterday of the most Excellent Secretary of State John Hay. I beg your excellency to be so kind as to transmit to the United States Government expressions of sincere sorrow on the part of the Government of Honduras for this unfortunate occurrence, at the same time expressing to your excellency our profound grief, I subscribe myself with the most distinguished consideration,

Your excellency’s obedient servant,

Mariano Vasquez.