Mr. Seward to Mr. Koerner.
Sir: I enclose a copy of a memorandum on the subject of what is called the Talambo question, between Spain and Peru. There is some reason to apprehend that the latter power may be disposed to press the matter. This would [Page 16] be very much regretted by us, who have a high moral and material interest in the welfare of, and cordial good understanding between, those countries. Though we have scrupulously abstained from interfering in disputes between other nations, and have no disposition to deviate from that policy, you are authorized to do anything which you can informally, and with propriety, towards smoothing the way for a final adjustment of the affair referred to, to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Gustavus Koerner, Esq., &c., &c., &c., Madrid.