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ported by the national Congress, which is a body rec- disinterested arbitration, in the event of disagreement ognized by the Constitution, and is an effort toward and such means becoming necessary, should a time be the re-establishment in the country of a regular and stipulated for the payment. But we are also openly constitutional government. You are mistaken when of the opinion that Peru should have the opportunity, you say “the Chilians sympathize with it." No such with full and free discussion of the terms of peace, of thing.' It desires peace in common with the whole offering said indemnity in a satisfactory shape, and country, but wis not sacrifice the national honor that it is contrary to the rules which should prevail nor will it cede territory in order to obtain it. Chili among civilized nations to proceed at once, and as a desires and asks for Tarapaca, and it will recognize sine qua non condition, to incorporate into Chilian the government which agrees to its cession. The Cal- jurisdiction territory which is undoubtedly Peruvian, deron government will not cede it. It remains to be without having previously proved the incapacity or seen whether that of Piérola will prove more pliable. unwillingness of Peru to meet the indemnity in some
Meanwhile, under the system inaugurated in Aya- other form. Such conduct on the part of Chili would cucho and carried into practice by the prefects, the meet with the most decided disapprobation on the Peruvians themselves are worse ene!nies of the Peru- part of the United States. We are, therefore, of the vians than are the Chilians, and the efforts of the opinion that the act of taking possession of Peruvian friends of Peru are paralyzed by their internal dissen- territory and annexing it to Chili, whether it be exesions. When the United States asks Chili why it cuted simply by force of arms or similarly dictated as does not arrange peace, the answer is given that in an imperative condition of a cessation of hostilities, Peru there is no government with which to treat. in open contradiction to former declarations of Chili Would it not be better to put an end to this state of in this respect, will be justly considered by other affairs, and that all true Peruvians should unite to nations as an evident sign that Chili has adopted an support a chief of the state whom all parties and fac- aggressive and conquering policy for the purpose of tions would join in supporting for the purpose of sav- territorial aggrandizement. The United States deing the country from imminent ruin, restoring peace, sires, above all things, that peace should exist among and the orderly and pacific reign of the Constitution the South American republics, and that commerce and laws ?
S. A. HURLBUT. and industry should jointly serve to the development A. GARCIA Y GARCIA, Esq., Ayacucho.
of their wondrous resources, to their advantage and to The first public intimation of the views of the benefit of the world at large; and we can not see our Government in regard to the ineffective ther prolonged, to the serious detriment
of such right
any good reason why the state of war should be furnegotiations for peace between President Cal- ful interests, nor can we see any well-founded cause deron and the Chilian representatives was con- why peace,' under just conditions, should not be veyed in the following communication from brought about, within a short time, without any unMinister Hurlbut to General Patrick Lynch, tire satisfaction of all legitimate claims on the other.
necessary humiliation on the one part, and to the encommander of the Chilian forces in Peru, sent
S. A. HURLBUT. in September, and here given in a translation To Rear-Admiral the Hon. PATRICK Lynch. from the Spanish original: MR. ADMIRAL: With the object of preventing any
The publication of this memorandum occamisunderstanding as to the conversation I held yes- sioned no little excitement on the west coast. terday with you in regard to the existing state of af- Ainong Peruvians it was believed to portend fairs between Peru and Chili, I thought it would be
a forcible interference in their behalf by the better to put in writing what I then stated. Without referring to the cause of the war, I understand the
United States, and the wildest rumors were opinion of my Government to be, that all the legiti- soon afloat. By Chilians, on the contrary, mate objects of the war were realized by the disas- Minister Hurlbut's letter was condemned as trous defeat of the Peruvian armies, the capture or undiplomatic and improper in form and undestruction of its vessels, and the occupation of the warrantable in tone. The excitement extended capital and all the coast. When all organized and formidable resistance has disappeared, the state of to official circles, and Señor J. M. Balmaceda, war should cease. The victory of Chili is so complete the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Santiago, that peace is a necessity for the national existence of addressed a note on the subject to General Kil. Peru, and it is to the interest of both countries to ad- patrick, the United States Minister to Chili. the rights of neutrals have suffered enough, and the The Chilian Minister expressed his opinion that large interest owned in Peru by foreigners (many of the declarations of Mr. Hurlbut's memorandum whom are Americans) should not, for a longer time, were not the expression of the circumspect, be exposed to an unnecessary prolongation of the war. noble, and loyal policy which the United States I must also declare that, although the United States have observed toward the belligerents in the recognize all the rights acquired by the conqueror in accordance with the law of civilized warfare, they dis- Pacific. . . . The strange publicity given to approve of war which has territorial aggrandizement Mr. Hurlbut's document,” the Minister further in view, or the violent dismemberment of a country, stated, “compels me to direct myself to your unless as a last resource, and in consequence of su- Excellency in order to obtain an answer which preme emergency. As a frontier question, has never shall officially re-establish the truth and the tries do not adjoin, and because Chili has publicly sincerity of the relations which our respective and officially repeatedly denied any intention or de governments honorably cultivate. The speech sign to forcibly annex territory, we are clearly of the which Mr. Hurlbut pronounced on presenting opinion that such a proceeding now would be incom- his credentials to the now extinct Government patible with the dignity and public faith of Chili, and of Garcia Calderon; the memorandum directed that it would be calamitous to the future tranquillity of both countries, perpetuating a serious grievance to Admiral Lynch, when diplomatic matters which would constantly lead to trouble. The United were not under discussion ; his well-known States admit as a principle of public right that Chili letter against Piérola, to whom Mr. Christiancy possesses the right (in consonance with the code of war) to a complete indemnity for the costs of the war,
was accredited, and whose plenipotentiaries deand that Peru should pay such indemnity as might bated in Arica, in presence and with full conbe agreed on by the two parties, or determined by sent of the United States, may tend to produce
deplorable perturbation, and to inspire the sequently trust that the Government of your Excelenemy with vain hopes, or to promote resist- lency will continue to retain faith in the ancient and ance which can not effect the end of the war, ship has been of so many years' duration, and which
traditional policy of the United States, whose friendbut must render it more sanguinary." In reply, never was more faithful nor intimate than at present. General Kilpatrick categorically contradicted his Lima colleague. He wrote:
The republication in this country of the In the first place, allow me, your Excellency, to as- to General Lynch and General Kilpatrick's
memorandum addressed by Minister Hurlbut Government has nothing to fear either from the in- letter to Señor Balmeceda, together with the tentions or the attitude my Government will assume intimation that Mr. Hurlbut was preparing a with respect to the war in the Pacific. The Govern- rejoinder to the statements in General Kilpatment of the United States has never interfered offi- rick's letter which reflected on him, furnished own interests were compromised, and much less would the text for a large number of newspaper arit do so when only the interests are involved of ticles, in which both ministers were severely friendly nations, with respect to which no motive
can censured for the unseemly controversy in which exist which should lead us to favor either one or the they had engaged. In order that the public other of them. I had read the memorandum of Mr. might understand the relation of the State Deception by President Garcia Calderon, both documents partment to a dispute in which the consistency having been forwarded to me from Lima, and by me and harmony of its instructions to our Minisat once brought to the knowledge of my Government. ters in South America had been called in quesThe first of these documents can not be considered of tion, Secretary of State Blaine, on December in the note of which your Excellency forwards me à 11th, furnished for publication copies of the copy. The instructions given me by my Government following documents, of which only unessenare certainly the same as those sent to Mr. Hurlbut, tial portions are here omitted: and it can be affirmed with certainty that they do not coincide in their spirit with that which predominates
1. in the document referred to by your Excellency. The
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, instructions from Mr. Blaine, the Secretary of State,
WASHINGTON, May 9, 1881. can not bear a double meaning, and so certain is this, I. P. Christianoy, Esq., etc., Lima. and such confidence was felt in the intelligence, jus SIR: In your last dispatch you informed this detice, and generosity of the Government of Chili, that I partment that the Chilian Government refused absowas authorized to place them before his Excellency the lutely to recognize General Piérola as representing President of this Republic, or his Ministers, if a mo- the civil authority in Peru, and that Señor Calderon ment should arrive when I might deem it advisable was at the head of a Provisional Government. If the so to do. In order to dispel all doubts from the mind Calderon Government is supported by the character of your Excellency as to the attitude of niy Govern- and intelligence of Peru, and is really endeavoring to ment respecting the conditions of peace between Chili restore constitutional government, with a view both and Peru, and its determination not to interfere in the to domestic order and negotiation with Chili for peace, question, I have no hesitation in here copying a para- you may recognize it as the existing Provisional Gov: graph from those instructions, and which runs as fol- ernment, and render what aid you can by advice and lows: “Since the Arica conference closed, the war good offices to that end. Mr. Elmore has been rehas terminated with the complete success of Chili, and ceived by me as the confidential agent of such Prowith what may be considered little less than the con- visional Government. JAMES G. BLAINE. quest of Peru. This Government can not persuade [NOTE.--In pursuance of the above, Mr. Christiancy, itself to believe that the offer of friendly intervention on June 26th, formally recognized the Calderon Govin the question now pending would be agreeable to crnment several weeks in advance of the arrival of the Chilian Government. But I am certain that Gov- General Hurlbut.] ernment will appreciate the natural and profound interest which the United States feels in the termina
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, tion of a situation which is so calamitous in its conse
WASHINGTON, June 15, 1681. quences to the best interests of the South American Stephen A. Hurlbut, Esq., etc. republics. The Government of Chili should also be Sir: The deplorable condition of Peru, the disoraware that, if at any time the interposition of the good ganization of its government, and the absence of preoffices of this Government can contribute to the re cise and trustworthy information as to the state of establishment of friendly relations, the United States affairs now existing in that unbappy country, render would promptly offer such interposition on the desire it impossible to give you instructions as full and defifor such being manifested.” These instructions also nite as I would desire. Judging from the most recent say: "In all conversations connected with this mat- dispatches from our Ministers, you will
probably fird, ter which may be held with members of the Govern- on the part of the Chilian authorities in possession of ment of Chili, you must conform to the known ruling Peru, a willingness to facilitate the establishment of of international law, and that under no circumstances the Provisional Government which has been attempted shall you officially offer any advice to the Government by Señor Calderon. If so, you will do all you propof Chili which shall not previously have been solicited erly can to encourage the Peruvians to accept any reaby it.” Another clause refers to the provisional gov sonable conditions and limitations with which this ernment of Señor Garcia Calderon, which the Wash concession may be accompanied. It is vitally imporington Cabinet hoped to see established, and instructs tant to Peru that she be allowed to resume the functions me to encourage it only in a manner becoming the of a native and orderly, government, both for the purdignity and neutrality of a plenipotentiary without in- poses of internal administration and the negotiation terfering in any manner which might appear officious. of reace. To attain this end it would be far better to It appears to me that these extracts from the in- accept conditions which may be hard and unwelcome, structions given me by my Government will suffice to than, by demanding too much, to force the continuconvince your Excellency that there is no intention on ance of the military control of Chili. It is hoped that the part of my Government to interfere arbitrarily in you will be able, in your necessary association with the contest in the Pacific, and that its actions and the Chilian authorities, to impress upon them that the conduct proceed from a friendly nation, which en more liberal and considerate their policy, the surer it deavors to act in the most delicate manner. I con- will be to obtain a lasting and satisfactory settlement.
The United States can not refuse to recognize the promptly offered. While, therefore, no instructions rights which the Chilian Government has acquired by are given you to tender officially any advice to the the successes of the war, and it may be that a cession Government of Chili which is unsought, you will, on of territory will be a necessary price to be paid for such opportunity as may occur, govern your conduct peace. It would seem to be injudicious for Peru to and representations by the considerations to which I declare that under no circumstances could the loss of shall now call your attention. territory be accepted as the result of negotiation. The Without entering upon any discussion as to the great objects of the provisional authorities of Peru causes of the late war between Chili on the one side would seem to be to secure the establishment of and Peru and Bolivia on the other, this Government constitutional government, and, next, to succeed in the recognizes the right which the successful conduct of opening of negotiations of peace, without the declara- that war has conferred upon Chili, and in doing so I tion of preliminary conditions as an ultimatum on will not undertake to estimate the extent to which the either side. It will be difficult perhaps to obtain this Chilian Government has the right to carry its calculafrom Chili, but, as the Chilian Government has dis- tion of the indemnities to which it is entitled, nor the tinctly repudiated the idea that this was a war of con- security for the future which its interests may seem to quest, the Government of Peru may tairly claim the require. But, if the Chilian Government, as its repopportunity to make propositions of indemnity and resentatives have declared, seeks only a guarantee of guarantee before submitting to a cession of territory. future peace, it would seem natural that Peru and Bo; As far as the influence of the United States will go in livia should be allowed to offer such indemnity and Chili, it will be exerted to induce the Chilian Govern- guarantee before the annexation of territory, which is ment to consent that the question of cession of the the right of conquest, is insisted upon. If these powterritory should be the subject of negotiation, and not ers fail to offer what is a reasonably sufficient indemthe condition precedent upon which alone negotiation nity and guarantee, then it becomes a fair subject of shall commence.
consideration whether such territory may not be exIf you can aid the Government of Peru in securing acted as the necessary price of peace. But at the consuch a result, you will have rendered the service clusion of a war, avowedly not of conquest but for the which seems most pressing. Whether it is in the solution of differences which diplomacy had failed to power of the Peruvian Government to make any ar- settle, to make the acquisition of territory a sine qua rangements at home or abroad, singly or with the as non of peace, is calculated to cast suspicion on the sistance of friendly powers, which will furnish the professions with which war was originally declared. necessary indemnity or supply the required guaran- It may very well be that at the termination of such a tee, you will be better able to advise me after you contest the changed condition and relation of all the have reached your post. As you are aware, more than parties to it may make readjustment of boundaries or one proposition has been submitted to the considera- territorial changes wise as well as necessary, but this, tion of this Government, looking to a friendly inter- where the war is not one of conquest, should be tho vention by which Peru might be enabled to meet the result of negotiation and not the absolute preliminary conditions which would probably be imposed. Cir-condition on which alone the victor consents to negocumstances do not seem at present opportune for such tiate. At this day, when the right of the people to action; but if, upon full knowledge of the condition govern themselves, the fundamental basis of repubof Peru, you can inform this Government that Peru lican institutions is so widely recognized, there is can devise and carry into practical effect a plan by nothing more difficult or more dangerous than the which all the reasonable conditions of Chili can be met forced transfer of territory, carrying with it an indigwithout sacrificing the integrity of Peruvian territory, nant and hostile population, and nothing but a necesthe Government of the United States would be willing sity, proved before the world, can justify it. It is to tender its good offices toward the execution of such not a case in which the power desiring the territory a project. As a strictly confidential communication, I can be accepted as a safe or impartial judge. inclose you a copy of instructions sent this day to the While the United States Government does not preUnited States Minister at Santiago. You will thus be tend to express an opinion whether or not such an advised of the position which this Government as annexation of territory is a necessary consequence of sumes toward all the parties to this lamentable con this war, it believes that it would be more honorable flict. ...
JAMES G. BLAINE. to the Chilian Government, more conducive to the seIII.
curity of a permanent peace, and more in consonance DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
with those principles which are professed by all the WASHINGTON, June 15, 1881. } republics of America that such territorial changes Judson Kilpatrick, Esq., etc.
should be avoided as far as possible; that they should SIR: The unfortunate condition of the relations be- never be the result of mere force, but, if necessary, tween Chili and Peru make the mission upon the should be decided and tempered by full and equal disduties of which you are now entering one of grave re- cussion between all the powers whose people and sponsibility and great delicacy. Difficult as would be whose national interests are involved. At the present any intervention of the United States under ordinary moment the completeness of the victory of Chili seems circumstances, our position is further embarrassed by to render such a diplomatic discussion impossible. the failure of the conference at Arica, undertaken at The result of the conflict has been not only the defeat our suggestion. It is evident from the protocols of of the allied armies, but the dissolution of all responthat conference that Chili was prepared to dictate and sible government in Peru. Its soil is occupied, the not to discuss terms of peace, and that the arbitration collection of its revenues transferred to the conqueror, of the United States upon any questions of difference and its executive, legislative, and judicial functions are with the allied powers of Peru and Bolivia was not in abeyance. It can neither enforce order within nor acceptable and would not be acceptable by the Chilian assure peace without. An effort, and apparently a Government. Since that time the war has closed in very earnest and honest one, has been made to create the complete success of Chili, and in what can scarcely a provisional government which shall gradually restore be considered less than the conquest of Peru and Bo- order and the
reign of law. But it is obvious that, for livia. ... But I am sure the Chilian Government such a government to succeed in obtaining the confiwill appreciate the natural and deep interest which the dence, either of its own people or of foreign powers, United States feels in the termination of a condition it must be allowed a freedom and force of action which so calamitous in its consequences to the best interests can not be exercised while Chili holds absolute possesof all the South American republics. It should also sion and governs by military authority. This Govknow that, if at any time the interposition of the ernment, therefore, has been glad to learn from its good offices of this Government can contribute to the Minister in Chili,
succeed, that the Chilian restoration of friendly relations between the belligere authorities have decided to give their support to the ent powers, they will, upon proper intimation, be efforts of Señor Calderon to establish on a steady foot
ing a provisional government in Peru. You will, as plicit, and as this department is in the possession of far as you can do so with propriety, and without ofti- no information which would seem to require the withcious intrusion, approve and encourage this disposi- drawal of the confidence reposed in you, I must contion on the part of the Chilian Government, and this sider this interpretation of your words and acts as department will be exceedingly gratified if your influ- the result of some strange and perhaps prejudiced ence, as the representative of the United States, shall misconception. My only material for forming an be instrumental in inducing the Government of Chili opinion consists of your memorandum to Admiral to give its aid and support to the restoration of reg- Lynch, your letter to Señor Garcia, the secretary of ular constitutional government in Peru, and to post- General Piérola, and the convention with President pone the settlement of all questions of territorial Calderon, ceding a naval station to the United States. annexation to the diplomatic negotiations which can I would have
preferred that you should hold no comthen be resumed with the certainty of a just, friendly, munication with Admiral Lynch on questions of a and satisfactory conclusion.
diplomatic character. He was present as a military In any representation which you may make you commander of Chilian forces, and you were accredited will say that the hope of the United States is that the to Peru. Nor do I conceive that Admiral Lynch, as negotiations for peace shall be conducted and the final the commander of the Chilian army of occupation, settlement between the two countries determined with- had any right to ask or receive any formal assurance out either side invoking the aid or intervention of any from you as to the opinions of your Government. European power. The Government of the United The United States was represented in Chili by a States seeks only to perform the office of a friend to properly accredited minister, and from his own Govall the parties in this unhappy conflict between Southernment the admiral could and ought to have reAmerican republics, and it will regret to be compelled ceived any information which it was important for to consider how far that feeling might be affected, and him to have. It was to be expected, and even de a more active interposition forced upon it by any at- sired, that frank and friendly relations should exist tempted complication of this question with European between you; but I can not consider such confidenpolitics. If at any time you shall judge it expedient tial communication as justifying a formal appeal to and advantageous to read this dispatch to the Minister your colleague in Chili for the correction or criticism of Foreign Atfairs, you are authorized to do so. The of your conduct. If there was anything in your prodecision on this point is left to your discretion. ceedings in Peru to which the Government of Chili
JAMES G. BLAINE. could properly take exception, a direct representation In his annual message to Congress, President was due both to the Government and to yourself.
to this Government through the Chilian Minister hero Arthur spoke of our relations with the west Having said this, I must add that the language of coast republics in the following terms: the memorandum was capable of not unnatural misThis Government sees, with great concern, the con
construction. While you said nothing that may not tinuance of the hostile relations between Chili, Bo- fairly be considered warranted by your instructions, livia, and Peru. An early peace between these repub- you omitted to say with equal emphasis some things lics is much to be desired, not only that they them- which your instructions supplied, and which would, selves may be spared further misery and bloodshed, perhaps, have relieved the sensitive apprehensions of but because their continued antagonism threatens con
the Chilian authorities. For, while the United States sequences which are, in my judgment, dangerous to
would unquestionably “regard with disfavor” the the interests of republican government on this con- imperious annexation of Peruvian territory as the tinent, and calculated to destroy the best elements of right of conquest, you were distinctly informed that our free and peaceful civilization. As in the present this Government
could not refuse to recognize that excited condition of popular feeling in these countries such annexation might become a necessary condition there has been serious misapprehension of the position in a final treaty of peace. And the main purpose of of the United States, and as separate diplomatic inter- your effort was expected to be, not so much a protest course with each through independent ministers is against any possible annexation as an attempt by sometimes subject, owing to the want of prompt reçip- lian authorities (with whom you were daily
associated) rocal communication, to temporary misunderstanding, I have deemed it judicious at the present time to send
to induce them to support the policy of giving to a special envoy, accredited to all
and each of them, Peru, without the imposition of harsh and absolute and furnished with general instructions,
which will, i conditions precedent, the opportunity to show that the trust, enable him to bring these powers into friendly such annexation. There is enough in your memoran
rights and interests of Chili could be satisfied without relations.
dum, if carefully considered, to indicate this purpose, The special envoy alluded to by the Presi- and I only regret that you did not state it with a disdent was Mr. William H. Trescot, of South tinctness and, if necessary, with a repetition which Carolina, who sailed from New York for Pan- would have made impossible anything but the most
willful misconception. ama on December 3d, accompanied by Mr. As at present advised, I must express disapproval Walker Blaine, son of the Secretary of State. of your letter to Señor Garcia, the secretary of GenReaching Lima in due time, they remained eral Piérola. I think that your proper course in refthere several days, and on Christmas-day sailed either entirely to ignore it as claiming an official charfrom the neighboring port of Callao for San- acter which you could not recognize, or, if you deemed tiago. On December 12th the following dis- that courtesy required & reply, to state that you were patches from Secretary Blaine to our Ministers accredited to the Calderon Government, and could, at Lima and Santiago were given to the press: tion which General Piérola thought it his duty or in
therefore, know no other, and that any communicaI.
terest to make inust be made directly to the GovernDEPARTMENT OF STATE,
inent at Washington. You had no responsibility in WASHINGTON, November 22, 1881.) the matter, and it was injudicious to assume any; TO Stephen A. Hurlbut, Esq., etc., Lima.
The recognition of the Calderon Government had SirYour dispatches to No. 23, inclusive, have been duly considered and decided by your own Govbeen received, and I learn with regret that con- ernment, and you were neither instructed nor exstruction has been put upon your language and con- pected to furnish General Piérola or the Peruvian duct indicating a policy of active intervention on the public with the reasons for that action. The followpart of this Government beyond the scope of your in- ing language in your letter to Señor Garcia might be structions. As those instructions were clear and ex- misunderstood : '* Chili desires and asks for Tara
paca, and will recognize the Government which agrees Calderon. If none such exists, you will remain in to its session. The Calderon Government will not Lima until you receive further instructions, confining cede it. It remains to be seen whether that of Piérola your communications with the Chilian authorities to will prove more pliable.". It might easily be sup- such limits as your personal convenience and the posed, by an excited public opinion on either side, maintenance of the rights and privileges of your legathat such language was intended to imply that the tion may require. Government of the United States had recognized the The complicated condition of affairs resulting from Government of Calderon because of its resolution not the action of the Chilian Government, the time reto cede Peruvian territory: No such motive has ever quired for communication between the legations in been declared by this Government. The Govern- Chili and Peru and this department, and the unforment of Calderon was recognized because we believed tunate notoriety which the serious differences between it to be to the interest of both Chili and Peru that yourself and your colleague in Chili have attracted, some respectable authority should be established have, in the opinion of the President, imposed upon which could restore internal order and initiate re- him the necessity of a special mission. This mission sponsible negotiations for peace. We desired that the will be charged with the duty of expressing the views Peruvian Government should bave a fair opportunity of the President upon the grave condition of affairs to obtain the best terms it could, and hoped that it which your dispatches describe, and, if possible, with would be able to satisfy the just demands of Chili due consideration of the rights, interests, and responwithout the painful sacrifice of the national territory. sibilities of both nations, to promote a settlement But we did not make, and never intended to make, which shall restore to the suffering people of Peru the any special result of the peace negotiations the basis of benefits of a well-ordered government, deliver both our recognition of the Calderon Government. What countries from the miseries and burdens of a protracted was best and what was possible for Peru to do we war, and place their future relations upon a foundation were anxious to the extent of our powers to aid her in that will prove stable, because just and honorable. doing by the use of whatever influence or considera
I am, sir, your obedient servant, tion we enjoyed with Chili; further than that the
JAMES G. BLAINE. Government of the United States has as yet expressed neither opinion nor intention.
II. I must also express the dissatisfaction of the depart
DEPARTMENT OF STATE, ment at your telegram to the Minister of the United
WASHINGTON, November 22, 1881.S States near the Argentine Confederation, suggesting Judson Kilpatrick, Esq., etc., Santrago. that a Minister be sent by that Government to Peru. Sir: Your dispatch, No. 8, conveying a copy of your This would have been clearly without the sphere of reply to Señor Balmaseda has been received. The your proper official action at any time, but, as there communication to which it was a reply should have then existed a serious difference between Chili and the accompanied it, in order that the department could Argentine Confederation, you might naturally have properly judge of your answer. Your letter is not anticipated that such a recommendation would be con- approved by the department. You had had ample sidered by Chili as an effort to effect a political com- opportunity, and, as you have before stated, availed bination against her. The United States was not in yourself of it, to make known to the Government of search of alliances to support a hostile demonstration Chili the scope of your instructions, and to give it against Chili, and such an anxiety might well be abundant assurance of the friendly disposition of your deemed inconsistent with the professions of an impar- own Government. If the conduct of Mr. Hurlbut in tial mediation.
Peru had given sufficient ground for complaint to As to the convention with regard to a naval station the Chilian Government, that complaint should have in the Bay of Chimbole, I am of opinion that, although been made in Washington. Mr. Hurlbut's presenit is a desirable arrangement, the time is not oppor- tation speech to President Calderon, his memorantune. I would be very unwilling to ask such a con dum to Admiral Lynch, his letter to Garcia, and cession under circumstances which would almost seem telegraphic reports from Buenos Ayres, were not subto impose upon Peru the necessity of compliance with jects upon which you were called to pass judgment, our request, and I have no doubt that, whenever Peru nor upon which you should have been interrogated by is relieved from present embarrassment, she would the Chilian Government. Nothing in your conduct cheerfully grant any facilities which our naval or com or language had excited its apprehensions, and no exmercial interests may require. Nor, in the present ex- planation was due, or could have been expected from cited condition of public opinion in Chili, would I be you, of the language or conduct of your colleague in willing to afford evil-disposed
persons the opportunity Peru. I should have been glad if it had occurred to to intimate that the United States contemplated the you to call the attention of the Secretary of Foreign establishment of a naval rendezvous in the neighbor- Affairs to the impropriety of such a communication, hood of either Peru or Chili. The very natural and and in referring to the fact that your instructions, innocent convenience which we require might be mis- which you were authorized to communicate to him, understood or misapprehended ; and, as our sole pur- gave all the assurance which he could either desire or pose is to be allowed, in a spirit of the most impartial ask of the friendly feeling of the United States. I friendship, to act as mediator between these two pow. should have much preferred that you had furnished ers, I would prefer, at present, to ask no favors of the him with a copy of those instructions, instead of sub one, and to excite no possible apprehensions in the mitting a paraphrase which does not fully represent othér.
their spirit and meaning. Indeed,
I find it difficult to Having thus stated with frankness the impression understand how the Chilian Government could have made upon the department by such information as been under any misapprehension as to the disposition you have furnished it, it becomes my duty to add that or purpose of the United States, when the instructions this Government is unable to understand the abolition both to yourself and to Mr. Hurlbut had, in fact, been of the Calderon Government, and the arrest of Presi- already frankly communicated—the former, according dent Calderon himself, by the Chilian authorities, or, to your dispatch No. 3, to the outgoing AdministraI suppose I ought to say, by the Chilian Government, tion; and the latter, by this department to Mr. Maras the Secretary for Foreign Affairs of that Govern- tinez, the representative of the present Government in ment has, in a formal communication to Mr. Kilpat- Washington. It is still more difficult to understand rick, declared that the Calderon Government " was at the abolition of the Calderon Government, and the an end." As we recognized that Government, in sup- arrest of the President himself, in the face of your asposed conformity with the wishes of Chili, and as no surance, in your dispatch No. 3, where you quote the reason for its destruction has been given us, you will following as having been addressed to you by Señor still consider yourself accredited to it, if any legiti- Valderana, to wit:""" You are, therefore, authorized to mate representative exists in the place of President say to your Government that every effort will be given