to Mr. Evarts.
Caracas , April 14, 1879. (Received May 13.)
Sir: I inclose here with a copy of a decree of General Guzman Blanco, of date 12th ultimo, as the same appears in La Opinion Nacional of the 17th ultimo, together with a translation thereof, by which decree he declares the department of Maracay, in the State of Guzman Blanco, to be federal territory, and appoints General Joaquin Crespo to govern the same as civil and military chief.
As helping to a proper idea of the scope of power which General Guzman Blanco is exercising, this decree is worthy of notice.
I have, &c.,