File No. 23297/4.

The French Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

My Dear Mr. Secretary: I thank you most sincerely for your personal letter of yesterday,1 conveying to me news of the state of the inundations in Paris and of the steps taken, in such a generous and friendly spirit, by the Chief of the State, by his representative in Paris, and by other American well-wishers of my country.

I beg you to receive the expressions of my gratitude for all that has been done. Every Frenchman will cherish in his heart the souvenir of President Taft’s words of sympathy and of the help offered by him to the sufferers in case any were desired.

Believe me, etc.,

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