Mr. Williamson to Mr. Fish.
Guatemala , January 10, 1874. (Received February 5.)
Sir: I have the honor to transmit you herewith a translated copy of the pronunciamiento or decree of Señor Leiva, in which he assumed the provisional government of Honduras on the 23d of November last. It has been impossible for me to get a copy at an earlier date.
The serious charges it contains against President Arias are corroborated from many quarters, and particularly by Consul C. K. Foil in, of Omoa and Truxillo. Like most Spanish-American documents of its kind, its enunciation of principles is worthy of commendation. If” Señor Leiva, when installed in power, (as he intimates indirectly in paragraph sixth he will,) gives freedom to the press in Honduras, it will be a step far in advance of any of his cotemporary Presidents in Central America.
I have. &c.,