Zachary Taylor

President of the Thirty United States of America.

To His Majesty, the King of Anam.

Great and Good Friend.

I have made choice of Joseph Balestier, one of our distinguished citizens, to transact, as Special Agent and Envoy of the United States, important business with Your Majesty. I pray your Majesty to protect him in the exercise of the duties which are thus confided to him, and to treat him with kindness and confidence, placing entire reliance on what he shall say to you in our behalf, and especially when he shall repeat the assurances of our perfect amity and good will towards your Majesty.

I pray God to have you always, Great and Good Friend, under his safe and holy keeping.

Written at the City-of Washington, the Sixteenth day of August, Anno Domino One thousand eight hundred and forty nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the Seventy fourth.

Z. Taylor

By the President:

John M. Clayton,

Secretary of State

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