The Secretary of State to the French Ambassador.

No. 355.]

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge with thanks and appreciation the receipt of your note of the 15th instant, by which you inform me of the very appropriate disposition which has been made by the Government of France of the gold medal commemorative of the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, which, on April 20, 1906, at Philadelphia, I had the honor to present, through you, to the Government of the French Republic in pursuance of the act of the Congress of the United States of April 27, 1904.

I have taken pleasure in submitting a translation of your note, together with copies of the remarks which we made on that occasion, to the President with a view to their transmission to the Congress for the information of that body.

In advising you of this action, I beg at the same time to express to you my thanks for the framed facsimile of the print of our speeches which you inform me has been placed in the case beside the medal. This souvenir I have directed to be publicly exhibited in the library of the department.

Accept, etc.,

Elihu Root.