4.1. Document #1
Translation of the draft of Nicholas Brown letter to Carlo Rusconi, Minister of Foreign Relations of the Roman Republic, promising that the United States will act quickly to recognize the Roman Republic and expressing his own enthusiasm for the Roman Republic, February 18, 1849.
The Honorable Mr. Carlo Rusconi
Minister of Foreign Relations of the Roman Republic
Rome, February 18, 1849
The Undersigned Consul of the United States of America had the honor of receiving the communication from the Roman Government sent him on the 13th and 16th of the present month. He takes great satisfaction in assuring the Honorable Mr. C. Rusconi that he sees in that act new proof of the friendly relations that the Roman Republic wishes to maintain with the United States of America.
The Undersigned did not delay in having the American Government told of the official information of the proclamation of the Roman Republic sent to him by the President of Ministers. Meanwhile he beseeches the Roman Government to rest assured that the Republican government will be given official recognition in the most satisfactory manner at the earliest opportunity. The wonderful calm, the order preserved in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, the wisdom with which affairs have been conducted, and indeed the very observance of the eternal principles of truth and justice
provoke great admiration.
One seems to see the great men of ancestral times living again in their successors, bringing together the progressive ideas of the present with the noble conduct of the past. One can hope—or rather wish—
We are now permitted to hope for even more greatness and more enduring happiness for modern Rome than that ever enjoyed by the Illustrious Ancient Roman Republic.
In the meantime, rest assured of the pleasure with which I have the honor of calling myself
Your most devoted