Mr. Christiancy to Mr. Evarts.
Lima, Peru, July 23, 1879. (Received August 15.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose copy of my letter of this date to Mr. Merriam, our consul at Iquique, together with an extract of the letter of the consul to me of July 10 (his No. 38), in reference to the right of the Chilian fleet to prevent the shipping of nitrates from Pisagua.
As to the circumstances going to show whether the blockade of Iquique had been raised, you will find them stated with substantial accuracy in my dispatch No. 34 (July 15). * * *
I have, &c.,