Mr. Dichman to Mr. Blaine.
Bogota, August 1, 1881. (Received September 17.
Sir: In further reference to my No. 237 of last December 24, bringing to your favorable notice the conduct of Lieut. H. R. Lemly, Third United States Artillery, in connection with the Military Academy of Colombia, I am pleased to be able to inform you, thanking you to transmit the information to the War Department, that, by his knowledge, tact, and devotion to duty, Lieutenant Lemly has secured the approval [Page 358] of the Colombian authorities and respect of this community to such an extent as to be advanced to the position of superintendent of the academy, officially styled “chief director of studies of the School of Civil and Military Engineering,” and that as a special mark of distinction this appointment has been accompanied by a decree conferring upon him the rank of colonel in the Colombian army.
A copy of the very complimentary note of the Colombian secretary of war, in which the above-mentioned appointment of Mr. Lemly is communicated to this legation, as well as a copy of my answer to the same, are respectfully inclosed.
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I am, &c.,