Mr. Seward to Señor Fontecilla.

Sir: I have the honor to communicate for your information a copy of a circular* of yesterday, addressed by the department to ministers of the United States accredited to the governments of the several belligerents, suggesting that preliminary to a definitive peace a formal armistice be agreed to by Spain on the one side, and Peru, Chili, Ecuador, and Bolivia on the other.

I avail myself of this occasion to offer to you, sir, a renewed assurance of my high consideration.


Señor Don Mariano Sanchez Fontecilla, &c., &c., &c.

  1. For this inclosure see instruction to the United States minister to Chili March 27, 1868.