Mr. Carrié to Mr. Blaine.
Washington, July 28, 1881. (Received July 29.)
Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor to inform your excellency that I have this day received a telegram from Dr. Don Bernardo de Irigoyen, our minister of foreign relations, in which he informs me that a treaty has been signed with Chili, which puts an end to the long disputed boundary question, which had been under discussion for so many years, without the possibility of reaching a definitive arrangement. This happy result, Mr. Secretary of State, is due, according to the telegram aforesaid, to the unremitting efforts of the representatives of the United States in both countries, who, being actuated by the most hearty good-will, and taking a warm interest in the welfare and prosperity of those two sister republics, spared no pains to bring about an understanding between the two governments, and to smooth the obstacles which prevented the settlement of this vexed question, in return for which they have had the satisfaction of seeing their efforts crowned with complete success.[Page 16]
The only international question that we still had unsettled has been set at rest by the peaceful adjustment of this dispute, and the only cloud that threatened to disturb the tranquillity of the political horizon of the Argentine Republic has thereby been dispelled; the citizens of that republic may now devote their energies to profitable industry, with the certainty that they will not be disquieted by menaces either from within or without, rendering it necessary for them to take up arms in defense of their imperiled country.
As the representative, at this time, of the Government of the Argentine Republic in the United States, I deem it a high honor to inform your excellency of the grateful sentiments which are entertained by the Argentine people towards this great republic and its worthy representatives, who have just furnished palpable evidence of the feeling of genuine friendship which is cherished by the United States for the South American republics, and of their desire for the existence among those republics of the cordial relations which should ever exist among nations having a common origin.
I avail, &c.,