File No. 892.001/50.

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

Sir: In accordance with instructions received from His Royal Highness Prince Devawongse Varoprakar, minister for foreign affairs, I have the honor to inform you that, as the period of mourning-observed for the death of His Majesty the late King Chulalongkorn expires in October next, a date about the end of November following has been fixed for the formal coronation of His Majesty Maha Vajiravudh, King of Siam, my August Sovereign, and for the royal and national festivities in connection with that auspicious celebration.

I am further directed to intimate that His Majesty, recalling with sincere gratification the sentiments of friendship and sympathy which prompted President Taft to appoint an official to represent him at the cremation of His Majesty the late King, would welcome and highly appreciate the presence of a special American representative on the forthcoming solemn occasion, and to assure you that should it be the pleasure of the President of the United States to send a special representative to Bangkok in November next he would be accorded a most cordial reception as the guest of His Majesty and of the Siamese Government.

In conclusion may I request you to be so good as to bring this to the knowledge of the President and to let me know his intention in due course in order that, should he decide to send a special representative, I may have the pleasure of notifying my Government, by whom proper arrangements would be made for his special reception and entertainment in Siam.

I have, etc.,

Luang Sanpakitch.