Mr. Williamson to Mr. Fish.
Guatemala , Nov. 15, 1873. (Received December 30.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose you herewith a copy of my note of this date, addressed to the minister of foreign affairs of Costa Rica, in reply to the circular of which I sent you a translated copy with my No. 52. After carefully considering the whole subject it occurred to me to be wiser to limit myself to a tender of the good offices of our Government, without engaging in any discussion to show why they should be cheerfully and gratefully accepted. The statesmen of these countries are said to be very argumentative, and I did not wish to incur the risk of failing to do a practical good by an unintentional invitation to a discussion that would settle nothing.
I have, &c.,