President Roosevelt to the President of France.

On the occasion of the formal reception at Annapolis of the body of John Paul Jones I wish to thank you, and through you the great French nation, for its distinguished courtesy in connection with this event, a courtesy of a kind which serves to keep even more vividly before us the invaluable aid rendered by France to this country at what was well nigh the most critical period of its history. France holds a peculiar place in the heart of the American people, and on behalf of that people I wish all success, prosperity, and happiness to the mighty Republic over which you preside.

Theodore Roosevelt.