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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, with the annual message of the president transmitted to Congress December 5, 1898
(1898)

Central America,   pp. 172-178 PDF (466.8 KB)


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172CENTRAL AMERICA.
DISSOLUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF CENTRAL AMERICA.
Mr. Merry to Mr. hay.
No. 174.] LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
&San Jose, Costa Ii~ica, December 1, 1898.
 SIR: I have the honor to inclose herewith copy and translation of official
telegram received this a. m. by the Government of Costa Rica announcing the
final dissolution of the newly formed United States of Central America by
the executive council thereof.
With assurances of my highest consideration, etc.,
WILLIAM LAWRENCE MERRY,
United ~S'~tates IJ'Iinister.
[Tnclosnre 1 in No. 174.—Translation.j
[Telegram deposited in Amapala November 29 at 12.40 p. m. Received in San
Jose November 30 at
9.20 a. rn]
To the Minister of 1?oreign 1~elations:
 With real regret I fulfill the duty of advising your excellency that the
executive federal council has decided to-day to declare that the existence
of the Republic of the United States of Central America is dissolved, not
being able to continue in the exercise of its functions consequently. I will
send to your excellency separately the documents justifying such a transcendent
resolution taken as extraordinary necessity in consequence of the iIflI)Ortant
events in Salvador. Central American patriotism feels injured in its most
legitimate interests and leaves the responsibility to those who insisted
in destroying their work.
 On leaving my post I have the honor to repeat to your excellency the protestations
of my consideration and respect.
J. SANSON.
 - Mr. Merry to Mr. Hay.
No. 175.] LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
&tn Jose, Costa Rica, December 2, 1898.
 SIR: Respectfully referring to my No. 174, dated 1st instant, I have the
honor to advise that the Government of Costa Rica has officially recognized
the Regalado anti-Federal Government of Salvador. Guatemala has not, so far
as I am advised, taken like action, but is expected to do so soon. I have
inclosed herewith telegram just received from Hon. Erasmo Calderon, minister
of foreign affairs of the newly habilitated Republic of Nicaragua, which
is self-explanatory, and follows the proclamation of President Zelaya, dated
November 30, announcing the


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