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United States Department of State / The executive documents of the House of Representatives for the first session of the fiftieth Congress. 1887-'88
(1887-1888)

Chili [Chile],   pp. 149-158 PDF (4.5 MB)


Page 149


                                  CHILI.
                                  No. 116.
                        Mr. Roberts to Mr. B~ayard.
 No. 94.]                   LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
                   Santiago,' October 1, 1886. (Received November 9.)
   Sm: On the 18th of September President Jos6 Manuel Balmaceda
 took the oath of office and immediately thereafter his cabinet was sworn
 in.
   As the President makes no :announcement of his policy or views at
 his inauguration, I inclose a printed translation of his speech delivered
 before the convention whiclh nominated him       for President. I have
 every reason to believe that the views and sentiments expressed therein
 are those which he has consistently believed in during his public life
 and which will guide him in his administration.
   Sefior Joaquin Godoy, minister of foreign relations was lately 0hil,
 ian minister to the United States.
   The political complexion of the cabinet is somewhat of a concession
 to the liberal opposition to the late administration, and it is quite prob-
 able that it will be reconstructed before another year.
       I have, etc.,
                                               WILLIAM R. ROBERTS.
                         [Inclosure in No. 94.-Translation.]
                         S)eech of President BaInmaceda.
   Mr. Balmaceda was" elected as a candidate for the Presidency by the
 grand Liberal convention held in Valparaiso on January 17 last, and
 his speech on that occasion in accepting his nomination will farmish a
 very clear conception of the man, the minister, and the President. It
 reads, translated, as follows:
 "Designated candidate of the Liberal party for the Presidency of the
Republicby
 this convention of delegates elected by the nation, and by honorable and
duly author-
 ized members of Congress, I gratefully accept the position of honor, labor,
and responsi-
 bility tendered to me as an act of homage due to the wishes of my political
friends
 and to the liberal ideas which I have served during the whole of my public
life. I
 experience at this moment a perfectly natural feeling of anxiety as I contemplate
the
 arduous task committed to my care and ability. Nevertheless, the cheering
words of
 this numerous assembly, the members of which will, I trust, continue to
lend mc the
 efficacious support of their experience and patriotism, reassure me. The
noble words
 of the prelsident of the convention induce me to believe that an exposition,
although
 brief, of the ideas and the common purposes which form the bond which we
seal to-
day in the sight of aji the Republic will not be out of place. Our foreign
policy should
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