Mr. Kilpatrick to Mr. Blaine.
Santiago, Chili, October 14, 1881. (Received November 18.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose copies of Señor Balmaceda’s note of the 8th instant, and my reply of same date.
In a previous communication I called your attention to the great disquiet caused by the tenor of General Hurlbut’s remarks when presented to Señor Garcia Calderon. This was soon largely increased by telegrams from persons in high position in Buenos Ayres, stating, in the most positive terms, my government had determined to prevent any annexation of Peruvian territory, and to oblige Chili to accept an indemnity in money or its equivalent. It was further added to by the general’s note to Señor Garcia Calderon, and by the reports of his general and private conversation, in which he apparently confirmed the position assumed to have been taken by my government; and, lastly, by the terms of his memorandum to Admiral Lynch.
In replying to Señor Balmaceda, I deemed the time had arrived for me, as far as my strength would permit, to take advantage of the authority given in my instructions, and to make clear to the Government of Chili the entire uniformity in the instructions to both legations, and to establish beyond a doubt that my government holds fast to the policy adopted at the commencement of the war. I have ample assurances that my note has given great satisfaction.
Regretting that the unfortunate state of my health will not, for the moment, allow a more exhaustive statement of affairs, and trusting my action will meet your approval,
I am, &c.,