to Mr. Christiancy.
Washington , August 8, 1879.
Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 34, in regard to the blockade of the port of Iquique, Peru.
Your comments upon the subject have been attentively read and considered, and the view formed by you, as communicated in the dispatch concerning the maintenance of the blockade, is concurred in. Your proceedings thus far respecting it seem to be tempered with wisdom and discretion, and meet with approval. If at any time the blockade [Page 894] proves, to be ineffectual, and any combined action be taken by the diplomatic corps at Lima judiciously declaring it inoperative, you will promptly unite in the same. The Department in this matter feels that it can place full confidence in your able judgment and long and ripened experience.
I am, &c.,