File No. 24199/11.

Chargé Bailly-Blanchard to the Secretary of State.

Sir: Referring to the instruction of the department of April 18, 1910 (serial No. 58), in regard to the presentation by the people of Virginia to the people of France of a reproduction in bronze of the statue of George Washington, made by Jean Antoine Houdon, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy and translation of the reply of M. Pichon, minister of foreign affairs, to the note I addressed to mm on the subject.

As you will observe, M. Pichon informs me that the statute is to be placed at Versailles, and that the date for the inauguration has been fixed for the 18th of August next, and further that this date will enable M. Jusserand to be present at the ceremony.

I have, etc.,

A. Bailly–Blanchard.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs to Chargé Bailly-Blanchard.

Mr. Chargé d’Affaires: In response to your communication of June 15 last I hasten to advise you that I had already been informed by our charge in Washington of the desire of the people of Virginia to present to France a bronze replica of the statue of Washington by Houdon, which adorns their capitol, Richmond.

The Government of the Republic has gratefully accepted the gift of that statue, and M. Lefèvre-Pontalis has been directed to express our high appreciation of this manifestation of the traditional friendship which unites the two countries.

I take pleasure in repeating that expression and in letting you know how highly we esteem this new token of the sentiments of mutual sympathy that bind the two nations.

In regard to the realization of the project I make haste to advise you that, by agreement with the department of fine arts, it has been decided to place the statue at Versailles and that the date for its unveiling has been set for August 18 next.

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This date, which has been chosen to accord with the desire of the American delegation which is to come to France for the occasion, will make it possible for Mr. Jusserand to be present at the ceremony.

I have, etc.,

S. Pichon.