Mr. Fogg to Mr. Seward
Sir: I have the honor to inform you that my successor, Mr. Harrington, reached Berne last Friday, the 13th instant. The same day I called upon the president of the confederation to ask as early a day as convenient for the [Page 223] reception of the new minister. The president named Monday, the 16th instant, at noon, as the day and hour. Accordingly, precisely at noon to-day I accompanied Mr. Harrington to the executive chamber in the Palais Federal, where we were received by the president and the chancellor of the confederation.
On presenting my letter of recall I addressed some brief remarks to the president, agreeably to the general tenor of your instructions. I send you herewith copies of my address to the president and of the president’s response. I also send, by permission of Mr. Harrington, copies of his remarks and of the president’s response.
As the train is waiting which takes me to Paris on my way home, you will please excuse the brevity of this despatch.
Your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State of the United States of America.