Very Foreign intelligence.
--On April 15th last, the autograph letters of the Emperor
of the French
were presented to the two Kings
by the French Consul
with great solemnity.
The constitution of Siam
gives an independent and equal power to each sovereign, so that any compliment paid to the one, must, of necessity, be repeated to the other.
The reception given to the Consul
by the first King
was carried out according to the ancient etiquette of Siam
; the Consul
was accompanied by thirty-nine magnificent gondolas, by banners and palanquins, by Mandarins in the richest costumes, and a body of troops, about 1,500 in number.
received him seated on his Throne of State, with his most splendid crown on his head, and decorated with the insignia of the Grand Cross
of the Legion of Honor.
He stepped from his throne to take from the hands of the Consul
the golden vase containing the Emperor
's letter, which was, of course, in the French
language, but accompanied by an English translation.
said that the receipt of this letter reminded him of that addressed by Louis XIV.
to his predecessor, Phra-Nasai, and proceeded to translate it into Siamese for the benefit of his Court.
In the evening the Consul
was invited to a private entertainment, at which he met the King
, surrounded by his young family, and conversed with him for a long time in the English
The interview with the second King
was equally brilliant, and had this peculiarity, that this sovereign, while remaining faithful to the traditions of Siam
, has adopted customs and even Court ceremonies of an entirely European