Mr. Hovey to Mr. Seward.

No. 107.]

Sir: Since my last dispatch No. 106, dated the 22d instant, no change of moment has taken place in the military situation here.

Colonel Prado has commenced the bombardment of Arequipa, but without, at latest intelligence, having caused any great damage to life or property. A large Blakely gun, while being conveyed to the camp of Colonel Prado, was spiked and rendered useless by a detachment of the enemy’s forces.

In the north the position is the same. The opposing forces were to have fought the decisive engagement about the 23d or 24th of this month, but as yet we have received no intelligence concerning the affair.

I have the honor to be, with great respect, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.