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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 2, 1902
(1902)

Guatemala and Honduras,   pp. 569-586 PDF (1.2 MB)


Page 569

 ft See also under Germany. 
 b Identical communications sent by representatives in Guatemala of France,
Great Britain, Belgium, and Italy 
 GUATEMALA ANT) HONDURAS.  569 
FOREIGN DEBT OF GUATEMALA—THE UNITED STATES DECLINES 
TO JOIN WITH OTHER POWERS IN COERCIVE ACTION, BUT WILL 
RESERVE FOR UNITED STATES CITIZENS ALL RIGHTS SE 
CURED BY SUCH ACTION, a 
Afr. hunter to Au'. flay. 
No. 629.] LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES, 
Guatcin ala, Fel~ruary ~6, 1902. 
 SIR: I have the honor to inform you that the Governments of Belgiuln, England,
France, Germany, and Italy, through their respective diplomatic representatives
here, addressed a joint note to the Governmerit of Guatemala on September
4 last, regarding the bonds of Guatemala, known as the external debt, approximating
£1,600,000, now controlled by a committee in London. 
 The diplomatic representatives here of the powers on this continent were
neither asked to join in the note, nor were they consulted regarding it.
 Not being able to obtain from these representatives any information regarding
their note, 1 intimated to the President that a copy of the correspondence
on the subject for transmission to Washington would be gratifying to me.
He at once ordered that a copy be sent me, the original of which and translation
of same you will please find hereto attached. 
 I should add that not only this external debt, but internal obligations
of about ~60,000,000 (silver) as well, existed when President Cabrera came
into power. An earnest effort is now being made by him to effect an honorable
arrangement of the entire debt, and 1 am quite sure that he will soon succeed
if not menaced by unreasonable demands. 
I have, etc., 
W. GODFREY HUNTER. 
[Inciosure 1.—Translation.] 
The German minister to the Guatemalan minister of foreign affairs. h 
LEGATION OF GERMANY, Guatemala, September 4, 1901. 
 Mn. MINISTER: In the year 1895 the Government of Guatemala had entered into
arrangemnents ~ ith the corporation of foreign bondholders whmich actuated
iii union with the committee of the Guatemnalan external-debt bondholders
and for which the exportation duties on coffee "irrevocably fixed at p1.50
gold per quintal for ten 


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