Mr. Hovey to Mr. Seward.

No. 123.]

Sir: Although the political condition of Peru is still slightly disturbed, it is universally believed that Colonel Balta, in the late elections, has met with success.

If this election be fairly proved, and sanctioned by the congress which meets in July next, I beg that I may be authorized at once to open relations with his government, as I believe that to be our best policy.

My impression is that our policy here, so far, of non-admission, does not work for the best interests of our country. The Lima newspapers [Page 863] have been teeming with the most unjustifiable attacks, both against our country and myself, since my refusal to recognize the government of General Canseco; but trusting the whole matter to your better judgment, I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,


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