Mr. Seward to Mr. Hovey.

No. 76.]

Sir: Your two dispatches of the 14th of January, Nos. 109 and 110, have been received. The information which they give of a new and successful revolution in Peru, resulting in the resignation of the President and the assumption of the powers of government by a military chief, has unavoidably affected this government. I do not think it either prudent or necessary to inquire concerning the interests of the respective parties who have contested the powers of government in Peru. Trusting that the people will, with reasonable promptness, exercise all the wisdom and all the virtue which are necessary to establish practical and permanent republican institutions, I am content for the present to approve the forbearing course you have adopted, and to reserve, for the development of events, instructions in regard to the formal recognition of national authorities in Peru.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Alvin P. Hovey, &c., &c., &c.