Ambassador Thompson to the Secretary of State .
Mexico , March 9, 1906 .
Sir: As you were informed in my telegram of the 2d instant, I arrived here on that day. The 4th being Sunday, on the 5th I caused to be delivered to the minister for foreign affairs office copies of my letter of credence as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and my predecessor’s letter of recall; also copy of the remarks which I proposed to make to the President on the occasion of my formal presentation. This was done by means of my note of that date to the minister.
On the same day the minister for foreign affairs informed me in a note, received the 7th instant, which I acknowledged at once, that the President would formally receive me on Thursday, the 8th, at noon, and that the “introducer of ambassadors “would visit me on Wednesday to inform me of the programme for the following day, the day of the reception.
This programme consisted of two of the President’s carriages, accompanied by the “introducer of ambassadors,” two of the President’s personal aides, and a mounted escort of about 25 men, coming to my place of residence a few minutes before 12 o’clock on the day of the reception, receiving there myself, Secretary McCreery, and Major Paxton, military attaché, and conducting us to the National Palace. The ride from my house to the Palace was through the principal street of the city and the entrance to the Palace grounds was between two lines of soldiers.
The entrance to the hall of ambassadors, where the President, his cabinet, chief military officers, and Palace guards were stationed, was through a series of splendid halls and rooms, the sides of some of which were lined with soldiers. The hall of ambassadors in which the reception occurred was crowded with spectators, both Americans and Mexicans, all of the spectators standing back of two lines of Palace guards, the two lines of guards making the way through which myself and those attending me approached the President and his cabinet. The salutations on entering and approaching the President and his cabinet were as usual, as was the reading of my address, followed by the President’s response, and as also were the introductions to the members of the cabinet after the reading of the addresses.
My talk with the President after the formal ceremony was most cordial, he expressing very great satisfaction at having me in Mexico [Page 1132] as the chief accredited representative of our country. Again in the evening, on the occasion of a call paid by Mrs. Thompson and myself on the President’s wife, on our entering her receiving room the President at once came to us and in a somewhat protracted conversation again expressed his gratification at having me here, and Mrs. Diaz said to Mrs. Thompson on this occasion that the President had been really anxious to have me come to Mexico as our chief representative, feeling that he in a way knew me, but that his feelings in the matter had been accentuated by the many things Minister of Fomento Bias Escontreia, deceased in January, had said to him of me, Mr. Escontreia and I having been personal friends covering over a period of more than eight years, the friendship commencing before he was appointed governor of the State of San Luis Potosi, and afterwards a member of the President’s cabinet. In this connection I am pleased to say that my reception in Mexico, commenced in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, has been everything the good will of Mexican officials, Mexicans, and Americans generally could make it.
For the further information of the Department of State I inclose herewith copies of all the notes I have mentioned, with translation of that of Foreign Minister Mariscal, and clippings in duplicate from the Daily Record (printed in English) of the 8th instant, and the Mexican Herald (also in English) of the 9th, the former being an evening and the latter a morning newspaper. I also inclose duplicate clippings from the Diario Oficial, which is the official publication of the Mexican Government, and in which will be found the original text, in the Spanish language, of the President’s response to my address accompanied by translation.
Immediately after the completion of the ceremony of my reception by the President, I sent the following telegram to the Department of State, which this confirms:
Mexico, March 8, 1906.
Secretary of State, Washington, D. C:
Officially received at noon to-day. Reception was all Government or individual could wish for.
David E. Thompson.
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