Sir: In pursuance of the joint resolution of Congress approved March 3, 1905, you are instructed to convey in the President’s name the expression of the grateful appreciation of the Government and people of the United States for the invaluable aid contributed by the Government and people of————to the success of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition at St. Louis in 1904 and for their friendly participation in the commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary [Page 4] of the purchase of the Territory of Louisiana, one of the most important international events in the history of the United States.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,

Elihu Root.

(Sent to American representatives in all countries which participated in the Exposition.)