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belief that this interchange of public courtesies between a foreign minister and the people among whom he resides is a valuable step in the advancing civilization of the present century. In former times, the public intercourse of a foreign minister was exclusively with the government or court to which he was accredited. At the present day, in England and in this country, he is a welcome guest on all public occasions not in their nature exclusively national. The change appears to me favorable to a good understanding between countries in more important respects. History furnishes instances in which the foreign relations of governments have been affected by the feelings and dispositions of the individuals charged with conducting them. I own it affords me pleasure to give what permanence I am able to these memorials – however slight in themselves — of acts of courtesy and manifestations of friendly feeling on the part of public bodies and individuals of highest consideration and worth, and of grateful appreciation on mine.

EDWARD EVERETT.

CAMBRIDGE, June, 1850.

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