Mr. Baker to Mr. Blaine.
Caracas, March 30, 1881. (Received April 23.)
Sir: Referring to my dispatch No. 361 of date 23d instant, I inclose herewith a copy and translation of the additional note from Mr. Saavedra, [Page 1205] therein referred to, and which was received too late to copy and translate for the mail which carried that dispatch. I also inclose a copy of my note in response to this last note of Mr. Saavedra.
At the time of writing my dispatch No. 361 I was uncertain whether or not Mr. Saavedra proposed sending me a further note stating with more definiteness and detail the proposition made to France and England, and intended, as you will see by his note, for the United States also, but, upon subsequently meeting him, he indicated that no further note on the point was intended. As being germane to the subject, I draw your attention to the Department’s No. 48 to me.
For the rest, in view of the poor and weak condition of this country, and of the ill effects which a rupture with France might have upon American and other interests here, I earnestly recommend that our government do what it properly may to relieve it from its present embarrassments with France, if at the time of receiving this dispatch need therefor should be apparent.
I am, &c.,