In the meantime a proclamation from the Emperor had been issued, beginning, "Mexicans, you have desired to have me," and expressing his intention to devote his whole strength and heart to their welfare.
After a private conversation with Almonte the Emperor received the principal functionaries. --His Majesty wore a black coat, while pantaloons and vest, and black cravat, which was the dress the deputation were ordered to wear.
The deputation being introduced by the Minister Velasquez de Leon, the Perfect addressed his Majesty, extolling as memorable the day he had arrived, and predicting a new era for the country.
The Emperor read a brief reply in Spanish, in a clear, vibrating tone.
After this a conversation free from etiquette took place, and they were then presented to the Empress, who came leaning on the arm of Maximilian from an adjoining saloon.
On the following morning, at 5 o'clock, the royal landing took place.
There was a formal reception, delivering