The Brazilian Ambassador (Alencar) to the Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Secretary: I have received instructions from the President of Brazil to invite the Government of the United States [Page 658] to attend the Centennial Celebration of the Independence of Brazil, in September next at Rio de Janeiro.

I am transmitting to you this invitation by letter, not being able to call on you before your departure tomorrow, confined, as I am, by direction of my physician, to my bed since several days ago, and I do not know for how much longer.

With the expressions [etc.]

A. de Alencar