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

Page 829

                        AT WASHINGTON.
                              No. 600.
                    Mr. Lainfiesta to Mr. Bayard.
                                  LEGATION OF GUATEMALA,
                New York, October 25, 1887. (Received October 26.)
   SIR: The Government of the Swiss Confederation in Eirobpe ob-
 tained and maintains from the Government of the United States of
 America a concession which is an evidence of frank and generous
 friendship, and is, moreover, for that Republic, an act which gives it
 especial respect and consideration among other countries.
   I refer to the fact that where Switzerland is without consular or dip-
 lomatic representation, the consuls or ministers of the United States
 lend their friendly offices, in the name of Switzerland, temporarily ex-
 ercising consular or diplomatic functions.
   A like exchange" of friendly services is found concerted among other
 nations, and is a measure which greatly favors the course of interna-
 tional relations and rights in the case of a proper representative being
 wanting to forward and sustain them.
   By agreement between Framce and Spain, on the recent withdrawal
 from Guatemala of the Spanish legation, the French minister repaired
 to the Department of State to announce that the relations with Spain
 would be attended to for the time being by the French legation.
   The Republic of Guatemala aspires to the honor of being granted by
 your excellency's Government the same prerogative as that enjoyed by
 Switzerland. and indulges the hope that this desire may be fully favored
 by the friendship and sympathy it has always evinced for the small Re-
 publics of America.
   For the Republic of Guatemala it would be a concession of great
 value, as well as a high distinct ion, to have the representatives of the
 United States lend it their friendly good offices in countries where
 Guatemalan representation may be wanting; and my Government, de-
 sirous to obtain said concession, has sent me special instructions to
 solicit this in its name from the Government of your excellency, with
 the auderstanding that whenever the consuls and ministers of Guate-
 mala, notwithstanding their humble significance, may correspond in
 like manner by lending their friendly services in the name of the Ameri-
can Government they shall he instructed by my Government to do so
with all earnestness, and to hold it an honor to practice that reciproc-
   Praying your excellency to be good enough to entertain this matter
 kindly, I have, etc.,
                                            FR.ANcO. LAINFIESTA.

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