Mr. Christiancy to Mr. Blaine.
Lima, Peru, March 22, 1881. (Received April 16.)
Sir: Referring to my dispatches Nos. 254 and 256, I have the honor to say that when those dispatches were written I had only received the facts by general public report. I now inclose to you the letter of Señor Manuel de Odriozola, the director of the Biblioteca National del Peru, dated March 10, but received only on the 19th, showing the spoliation of that library by the Chilian authorities, together with a translation of the same.
Referring to my dispatch No. 256, in which I stated the value of the laboratory, &c., of the School of Medicine taken by the Chilian authorities at $500,000, I have now to say that I think the value was overstated. I now understand that the laboratory was purchased in Paris for 600,000 francs. I cannot get reliable official evidence in these matters. But the fact of the laboratory having been taken by the Chilian forces (whatever may have been its value) is beyond doubt.
I have, &c.,