The Secretary of State to Minister Wilson.

No. 45.]

Sir: Referring to your No. 54, of the 30th ultimo, and the department’s reply thereto under date of the 15th instant, I inclose herewith a letter addressed to the department by the governor of South Carolina, in regard to the work of Mr. Oscar Van der Meersch in procuring emigration from Belgium and other countries to South Carolina.

You will inform the Belgian Government of this employment of Mr. Van der Meersch, and request for him such courteous facilitation of the purposes of his mission as may be in accordance with the laws of Belgium and due to the official agent of a constituent State of the American Union.

I am, etc.,

Elihu Root.


Sir: This will introduce to you Mr. R. Beverly Herbert, of our State department of agriculture, commerce and immigration. Mr. Herbert’s mission is for the purpose of having the minister plenipotentiary of the United States in Brussels officially notified of the mission of Mr. Oscar Van der Meersch, the State representative of our department of immigration, now in Holland and Belgium.

Mr. Herbert will inform you concerning his visit to you, and I shall appreciate any consideration you may be able to give him.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, yours,

D. C. Heyward, Governor.

Hon. Elihu Root,
Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.