Mr. Williamson to Mr. Fish.
Guatemala, December 22, 1873. (Received February 5, 1874.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose you a translated copy of decree issued by the President of this state on the 15th instant in regard to the construction of certain high-roads, among them the important one to Yzabal on the Gulf of Dulce. I have had repeated conversations with the President and his cabinet in regard to this road, and they have reiterated their determination to build it. If this is done and proper [Page 134] facilities at a competing rate are furnished from Yzabal to our ports, I believe a large portion of the trade of Guatemala, some from Salvador, and a great deal from the departments of Gracias and Santa Barbara, in Honduras, will seek markets in the United States instead of, as now, in Europe.
I have, &c.,