No. 69.
Mr. Blaine to Mr. Nuñez del Prado.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s note of February 1 last, setting forth the reasons which animate and control the Government of Bolivia in resisting to the last extremity the encroachments of the Chilian Government.

The people of this country have watched, not without the deepest interest, the continued struggle between the three nations on the Pacific, whose institutions and forms of government are allied to their own, in the sincere hope that the differences of whatever nature which engendered the present conflict might be amicably and satisfactorily adjusted, and the perpetuity and prosperity of those republics guaranteed.

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Still cherishing this confident hope, I bid you accept, sir, in the name of the Government and people of the United States the assurances of my highest consideration.