Mr. Williamson to Mr. Fish.
Guatemala, December 21, 1873. (Received February 5, 1874.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose you copies of my correspondence with the minister of foreign affairs of this government in regard to the prevention of war in these states. A letter verbatim et literatim? like the one addressed to me, was also addressed to Her Britannic Majesty’s minister, Mr. Edwin Corbett, who accompanied me to Costa Rica. After President Guardia had expressed his desire for peace, both of us showed him our letters.
You will observe no mention of the subject of the personal conference of the five Presidents is made in the letters of the minister of foreign affairs. That was owing to the fact that it was thought such a written expression would be unbecoming the dignity of the government of Guatemala; and as the letters referred to were intended to be exhibited in Costa Rica, it was omitted.
I have, &c.,