Mr. Seward to Mr. Goñi.

The Secretary of State presents his compliments to Mr. Goñi, her Catholic Majesty’s minister plenipotentiary, with the following information, namely:

On the 19th of April last, the United States minister at Lima communicated to the minister for foreign affairs in Peru a copy of the circular letter in which the undersigned renewed his proposition of good offices for the adjustment of the difficulties between Spain and the allied republics of the Pacific.

The undersigned is informed that the minister for foreign affairs of Peru expressed himself as being decidedly in favor of the armistice, but stated, at the same time, that it would be necessary to lay the matter before the government of Peru and its allies. He assured the United States minister that such a proceeding would be adopted immediately, and the result would be promptly communicated.

The undersigned avails himself of this occasion to offer to Mr. Goñi renewed assurances of his highest consideration.


Señor Don Facundo GoÑi, &c., &c., &c.