033.1120 H 87/67e: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Brazil (Morgan)

104. Department’s 97, July 31, 4 p.m.

Members of special mission of friendship, good will, and congratulation to represent the Government and people of the United [Page 660] States at celebration of centennial independence of Brazil at Rio de Janeiro September next are Honorable Charles Evans Hughes, Secretary of State, Honorable Stephen G. Porter, Chairman of Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, Cyrus H. K. Curtis of Philadelphia,19 Admiral Hilary P. Jones, United States Navy, and Major General Robert L. Bullard, United States Army, first named with rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and the others each with rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.20 Mr. D. L. Goodwillie, of Illinois, is Secretary of mission. Secretary of State and Admiral Jones will be accompanied by their wives; Mr. Porter by his daughter, Miss Porter; Admiral Jones and General Bullard each by an aide. Secretary of State will take with him also his private secretary, William H. Beck, and his clerk, George A. Morlock, as well as valet, and maid for Mrs. Hughes. In addition to these, two male clerks will be attached to the mission. Mr. Hugh Millard, Third Secretary your Embassy, is assigned to the mission during its stay in Rio de Janeiro.

The Secretary of State will carry also a letter accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to return the visit made to the centennial exposition in the United States by the Emperor Dom Pedro.21 Inform Brazilian Government accordingly.

Department assumes that you will be able to secure a translator-interpreter and a stenographer should their services be found necessary on arrival of mission.

Mission leave New York August 24 on Steamship Pan American, with exception of Admiral Jones who proceeds on U. S. S. Maryland.

  1. Mr. Curtis was replaced, Aug. 23, by Judge Edward R. Finch.
  2. Admiral Vogelgesang accompanied the Secretary of State as special aide; see also pp. 651 ff.
  3. The appointment of the Secretary of State in this capacity followed a direct inquiry of the Brazilian Ambassador as to whether the visit of the Secretary was intended to return the visit of the Brazilian Emperor in 1876.