Mr. Dichman to Mr. Evarts.
Bogota, June 1, 1879. (Received July 8, 1879.)
Sir: The cessation of the political troubles in this republic (accounts of which have been given in my dispatches) seemed to indicate to me a fitting opportunity for manifesting to this government the interest and feeling of friendship entertained by the Government of the United States toward the sister republic of Colombia.
Accordingly I directed a note, a copy of which is inclosed, to the honorable secretary of the interior and foreign relations.
Upon the opportune receipt of your dispatch No. 34, of March 21, 1879, I brought the concluding part thereof to the notice of the President, and I take pleasure in stating that the sentiments of interest and sympathy to which it gives expression were not only highly appreciated, but also exercised a most beneficial influence, conducive to a pacific settlement of questions which at one time threatened to precipitate this country into civil war, by awakening a sense of moral responsibility to the opinions of a friendly government.
This is an influence which, if it will continue to make itself felt, will do much towards assimilating the settlement of political questions to the actions of other countries.
I have, therefore, deemed it advisable to incorporate the concluding part of your No. 34 in my note to the honorable secretary of the interior and foreign relations.
I would respectfully call your attention to the accompanying answer from the Colombian Government.
I have, &c.,