to Mr. Evarts.
Lima, Peru , April 1, 1879. (Received May 5.)
Sir: On the 5th instant I received a circular note from the Peruvian Government, of which I inclose a copy and translation, in reference to [Page 866] the status of American vessels, what constitutes nationality, and if foreign vessels have the right to carry the American flag.
I have answered this day as per copy annexed.
I have, &c.,