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Correspondence with the legation of Guatemala at Washington,   pp. 829-831 PDF (1.0 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS.
                              No. 601.
                   Mr. Bayard to Sefior Montufar.
                                 DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
                                     Washington, December 24, 1887.
  SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the note of the 25th of October
last, intimating a wish on the part of the Government of the Republic
of Guatemala that this Government should allow its diplomatic and
consular representatives to lend their friendly good offices in countries
where Guatemala is without consular or diplomatic representatives on
behalf of its citizens in the same way in which the aid of United States
officials is extended to citizens of the Swiss Republic.
  Lest this assistance should be less comprehensive and powerful than
you may have been led to expect, I inclose you a copy of portions of my
note* of the 1st of July last to the representative of the Swiss Republic
at this capital.
  Should your Government, after knowing the terms of this note, still
desire the friendly offices of our foreign representatives, I shall be most
happy to s8nd circular instructions to our diplomatic and consular agents
similar to those contained in the circular of the 15th of December, 1871,
in reference to Swiss citizens.
      Accept, sir, etc.,
                                                   T. F. BAYARD.
                              No. 602.
                     Mr. Montufar to .Mr. Bayard.
                             [Translation.j
                                  LEGATION OF GUATEMALA,
              Washington, December 27, 1887. (Received January 9.)
  Mr. MINISTER: I have had the honor to receive your excellency's
esteemed letter of the 24th instant, in which you are pleased to reply
to the one addressed by Seofir Lainfiesta on the 25th of October last, toĆ½
the Department under your worthy charge. I also received the copies
ynur excellency was kind enough to send of the documents relative to
the instructions which, at different periods, were forwarded to the dip-
lomatic and consular agents of -this Republic, in regard to what they
are permitted to do in behalf of Swiss citizens as directed by the circu-
lar of December 15, 1871; all of which is perfectly explained in your
dispatch of July 1, of this year, to Major Karl Kloss, the representa-
tive of Switzerland at this capital.
  Your excellency is kind enough to state to me that should my Gov-
ernment, on learning the terms of the document to which your es-
teemed communication refers, desire still the friendly good offices of
the representatives abroad of the United States, you will be pleased to
issue to them, with reference to the citizens of Guatemala, a circtlar
similar to that of December 15, 1871.
  The extraordinary greatness of this prosperous nation, its priucilsles,
its liberties, and its republican -form caused the Government of GuA-
temala to profess profound sympathy with that of your excellency, and
                     *Printed F. R., 1887. page 1076.
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