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A blank invitation to the dinner and the menu (printed in gilt) have been bounded into the book between the text of letters of regret from invitees and the proceedings of the banquet. Poet William Cullen Bryant presided over the banquet, assisted by James W. Beekman, Henry Clews, and Theodore Roosevelt, father of the then eight-year-old future President.Benito Juarez was constitutionally elected President of Mexico in 1861 and, during the French intervention and rule of Emperor Maximilian I (until May 15, 1867), Matias Romero was Juárez's envoy in the United States.The first of the 20 pages of letters is from Secretary of State William H. Seward; the second is from Gen. U.S. Grant. Others include Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, Admiral David D. Porter, Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax, and Gen. A.E. Burnside. Published is Minister Romero's acceptance of his invitation, in part, ""Gentlemen: I have been honored with the letter you had the kindness to address me on the 16th instant, inviting me to a Dinner at such time as may suit my convenience to appoint. It is very gratifying to me, gentlemen, that such good friends of mine and prominent citizens of New York as you, who have encouraged me so much throughout the contest, would now tender me this significant demonstration, selecting a time when I am about returning home, after having obtained, thanks to a merciful Providence, the patriotism of the Mexican people and the noble sympathy of the people of the United States, a crowning success in all the objects of my labors. I take this flattering demonstration to be the renewed expression of your sympathy for the efforts of the Mexican people in defending the Independence of their Country and the institutions of their choice, and for the patriotic conduct of the Republican Government which did so much to achieve success…"" Purchased in a group of other books which were from the library of Grant's son and probably from Grant's library before that." (Inventory #: 60455)