No. 550.
Mr. Christiancy to Mr. Blaine.

No. 295.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose to you the copy of a letter from B. H. Kauffmann, our consular agent at Pacasmayo, dated May 5, 1881, in reference to the attempt of the Peruvian authorities to levy war contributions upon American citizens, and their conclusion to desist from that attempt.

I have, &c.,

[Inclosure in No. 295.]

Mr. Kauffmann to Mr. Christiancy.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your notes Nos. 146 and 147, in the former of which you advise me of the appointment of Mr. A. Lapoint to be United [Page 907] States vice-consul at Chiclayo, and in the latter you kindly reply to my letter making inquiry as to the status of neutrals in reference to payment of contributions for the sustenance of the detachment of the Chilian army of occupation now stationed in this province.

I now have the satisfaction of stating that in view of your letter, and the quotation (respecting) of treaty stipulations respecting the levying of extraordinay contributions, the Peruvian authorities (who pretended to levy the said contributions) have desisted from their pretensions to that end.

I am, &c.,