Mr. Seward to Señor Gomez.

Sir: I have had the honor to receive your note of the 16th, stating that on the 4th instant you had addressed a note to the representatives of Peru, Spain, and Chili, offering the good offices of the Central American states towards co-operating either in the acceptance by the belligerents of the mediation which has been offered by the United States for the purpose of putting an end to the contest, or for bringing about by some other means an agreement to open negotiations for peace.

Your well-intentioned proceeding in this matter is approved by the President, who hopes it may contribute to the result which is earnestly desired by the government.

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

WILLIAM H. SEWARD.

Señor Don Ignacio Gomez, &c., &c., &c.

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