File No. 835.415/B.

The American Chargé d’Affaires to the Secretary of State.

No. 830.]

Sir: I have the honor to report that the Argentine Government, in a decree dated the 18th instant, has set aside April 31 next for the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, late President of this Republic from 1868 to 1873. * * *2 Because Sarmiento was at one time Argentine minister in the United States and because he initiated in Argentina the present system of education, with the assistance of teachers brought by him from the United States, these details of the solemnity and splendor of the proposed celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of his birth are brought to the Department’s attention, that it may be cognizant of the importance this Government attaches to the occasion should the Department think it opportune to express to the Argentine Government sentiments of friendly esteem.

I have, etc.

Robert Woods Bliss.
  1. In letter 862 (not printed) notice is given of change of date to May 15.
  2. Description of preparations for the celebration.