to Mr. Evarts.
Lima, Peru , February 11, 1878. (Received March 5.)
Sir: Referring to your dispatch No. 80, of September 28 last, received at the legation by Mr. Stuart, during my absence, I have the honor to [Page 721] inform you that I gave instructions to Mr. Stuart to open the dispatches from the department, and in case of anything important, or urgent, to be communicated to this government, to take a copy of the dispatch and place it in the hands of Mr. Godoy, the minister from Chili, and dean of the diplomatic corps, to be transmitted to the minister of foreign affairs.
As the dispatch referred to was received four days after my departure, and some time might elapse previous to my return, Mr. Stuart deemed it necessary to act on my instructions, and sent a copy to Mr. Godoy, which was delivered by him to the minister of foreign affairs.
I have now the honor to state that the Peruvian Government has sent me a note in answer to the above-mentioned dispatch, of which I inclose copy and translation.
Mr. Rospigliosi, minister of foreign affairs, unofficially informed me that it was the intention of the Peruvian Government to send a person as minister plenipotentiary who was thoroughly acquainted with the English language.
I am, &c.,