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The Prince's visit — letter of thanks.

The following correspondence has just passed between our government and Great Britain, through Lord Lyons, the British Minister. It explains itself, and will be read with interest:


Letter of Lord Lyons.

Washington, Dec. 8, 1860.
Sir:
--The Queen, my august sovereign, has commanded that the earliest opportunity after the return of the Prince of Wales to England be taken to convey to the President of the United States the expression of her Majesty's thanks for the cordial reception given to his Royal Highness during his late visit to this country, by the President himself and by all classes of the citizens.

One of the main objects which her Majesty had in view in sanctioning the visit of his Royal Highness, was to prove to the President and citizens of the United States the sincerity of those sentiments of esteem and regard which her Majesty and all classes of her subjects entertain for the kindred race which occupies so distinguished a position in the community of nations.

Her Majesty has seen with the greatest satisfaction that her feelings and those of her people in this respect have been met with the warmest sympathy in the great American Union; and her Majesty trusts that the feeling of confidence and affection — the existence of which late events have proved beyond all question — will long continue to prevail between the two countries, to their mutual advantage and to the general interests of civilization and humanity.

I am commanded to state to the President that the Queen would be gratified by his making known generally to the citizens of the United States her grateful sense of the kindness with which they received her son, who has returned to England deeply impressed with all he saw during his progress through the States, but more especially so with the friendly and cordial good will manifested towards him on every occasion by all classes of the community.

I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your most obedient, humble servant,

Lyons.
The Hon. Lewis Cass, &c.

The reply.
department of State.

Washington, Dec. 11, 1860.
My Lord
--I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 8th inst., in which you have conveyed to this government the expression of her Britannic Majesty's thanks for the cordial reception given to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales during his late visit to this country, by the President and by all classes of the citizens, and of her Majesty's wish that her grateful sense of the courtesies extended to her son may be made known generally to the citizens of the United States.

I am instructed by the President to express the gratification with which he has learned how correctly her Majesty has appreciated the spirit in which his Royal Highness was received throughout the republic, and the cordial manifestation of that spirit by the people of the United States which accompanied him in every step of his progress.

Her Majesty has justly recognized that the visit of her son aroused the kind and generous sympathies of our citizens, and, if I may so speak, has created an almost personal interest in the fortunes of the royalty which he so well represents. The President trusts that this sympathy and interest towards the future representative of the sovereignty of Great Britain, is at once an evidence and a guarantee of that consciousness of common interest and mutual regard which have in the past, and will in the future, bind together more strongly than treaties the feeling and the fortunes of the two nations which represent the enterprise, the civilization, the constitutional liberty of the same great race.

I have also been instructed to make this correspondence public, that the citizens of the United States may have the satisfaction of knowing how strongly and properly her Majesty has appreciated the cordial warmth of their welcome to his Royal Highness.

I have the honor to be, my Lord, with high consideration, your Lordship's obedient servant.

William Henry Trescott,
Assistant Secretary.

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