No. 16.
Mr. Reynolds to Mr. Fish.

No. 120.]

Sir: I have the honor to report that the rebellion of the 4th of May at La Paz, referred to in former dispatches, has now full control of this entire republic, with the exception of the coast, or “littoral.”

Cochabamba, Potosi, Sucre, Oruro, and La Paz have proclaimed in favor of General Hilarion Daza as provisional president of Bolivia, and complete acquiescence has been secured without a single battle in any part of the country.

The whole people have been taken by complete surprise, and no organized opposition has been permitted to become strong before the well-organized forces of the revolution.

The indications now are that the government, with General Hilarion Daza as president, will become the permanent government of Bolivia.

Inclosed please find copies of correspondence had with J. Oblitas, secretary-general appointed by General Daza when he left with his army for South Bolivia. I have waited one month for developments of the revolution before forwarding this correspondence, and I now ask for such instructions from your excellency as may be deemed just in the premises.

I am, &c.,

[Inclosure 1 in No. 120.—Translation.]

Mr. Oblitas to Mr. Reynolds.

Sir: By the political change which the people and the army conjointly have brought about to-day, General Hilarion Daza has been proclaimed provisional president of this republic, the office of secretary-general of state having devolved upon me in person.

To impart this knowledge to your excellency is my high honor.

I subscribe myself, &c.,


To the Chargé d’affaires of the Anglo-American Confederation.

[Inclosure 2 in No. 120.]

Mr. Reynolds to Mr. Oblitas.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your note informing the “encargado de negocios de la Confederacion Anglo-Americano” of the political change of affairs in Bolivia by the proclamation of General Hilarion Daza as provisional president of the republic.

This legation will take note of the fact reported, and the whole question will be referred to my Government for information and for such instructions as may be deemed necessary.

You will please tender my sincere thanks to General H. Daza for his personal assurances to me that full protection would be given to all legation and consular flags, and that persons and property would be duly respected and the rights of all fully guaranteed.

I am, &c.,


To Hon. J. Oblitas, Secretary-General.