To the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs
It is with the sincerest pleasure that I welcome you to the United States. We are complimented by your visit, and welcome most heartily the opportunity of expressing our deep interest in the progress and prosperity of the great State you so worthily represent. We welcome your visit as affording to us and to you the most delightful means of becoming acquainted with one another. It is in this way that the true attitude of nations is determined in all matters of friendship and intimate intercourse. We are watching and looking forward to the great development of Brazil not only without jealousy, but with the most genuine interest and with the desire to serve her interests in every way in which it may prove possible for us to serve them.
I hope that your visit to the United States will not only afford you an opportunity to see the things you most desire to see, but will also bring you real pleasure and refreshment.
Will you not be kind enough to convey to the President of Brazil my personal greetings and best wishes? I am sure that I am speaking for my fellow-countrymen as well as for myself when I extend to him, through you, the hand of cordial friendship.