File No. 033.3211/51.
The American Ambassador to the Secretary of State.
Rio de Janeiro, June 17, 1913.
Sir: I have the honor to report that President Marshal Hermes da Fonseca expressed to me last evening his warm personal gratification [Page 70] and the thanks of the Brazilian Government for the cordial reception which Dr. Lauro Müller, Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs, has received in the United States. The President told me that the reception, which had far exceeded his expectations, had produced an admirable effect in Brazil, where henceforth American approximation would be more popular than it had been at any time since the visit of Mr. Root to Brazil seven years ago.
President Wilson will already have received before this despatch is written the telegram of thanks which President Hermes sent him on the 15th instant, and the Senate and the House of Representatives will also have received the telegrams which were sent them by the Brazilian Senate and Chamber of Deputies. In the last connection I have the honor to enclose in translation a copy of the speech which Representative Coelho delivered in the Chamber of Deputies on the 13th inst. in support of the motion:
We move that, through its President, the Chamber shall demonstrate by cablegram, to the American Congress, the gratitude of the people of Brazil for the very warm reception given to Dr. Lauro Müller, Brazilian Ambassador on a mission of friendship.
as well as a copy of the remarks with which Senator Fernando Mendes de Almeida prefaced his motion in the Senate that that body should express its gratification to the American Senate by means of a telegram for the cordiality of the reception which had been accorded Dr. Lauro Müller.
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