No. 90.
Mr. Osborn to Mr. Evarts .

No. 190.]

Sir: Referring to your instruction No. 108, conveying information of the convention concluded between the representatives of Chili and the United States of Colombia, at Bogota, in September last, for the preservation of peace between those republics, and directing me as to my [Page 123] duty in the premises, I have the honor herewith to inclose a copy, with English translation, of a note received by me from the minister of foreign relations, together with a copy of my reply.

You will observe that the minister, after informing me of the execution of the convention referred to, says that it meets with the approval of his government, and will be presented to the National Congress for its action. He adds a request to be informed whether the designation of the President of the United States to act as arbitrator in certain contingencies mentioned in the convention will prove acceptable to the Government of the United States.

My reply, as you will see, is an assurance that the President will deem himself privileged in being permitted to respond to the flattering trust reposed in him, if his services should be required.

I have, &c.,

THOMAS A. OSBORN.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 190.—Translation.]

Mr. Valderrama to Mr. Osborn .

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that on the 3d of September last a convention “ad referendum” was entered into at the city of Bogota by the minister of foreign relations of Colombia and the chargé d’affaires of Chili near that republic, copy of which accompanies the present, by the terms of which both countries agree to submit to arbitration the decision of all questions that may arise between them and which it may be found impossible to decide by diplomacy.

My government has no hesitancy in accepting the principle of arbitration thus established, and will submit the convention to the National Congress.

With regard to the designation of His Excellency the President of the United States of America as umpire in the cases specified in article II, my government hopes that it will not prove unacceptable to your excellency’s government, and that in it your government will see a reciprocation of the many and strong proofs of friendly feeling that Chili has received from it.

Notwithstanding these marks of confidence, I am directed by His Excellency the President of the republic, in bringing this subject to your notice, to inquire whether the Government of the United States will give a favorable consideration to the selection which has been made of the President of the Union for the cases referred to.

I avail myself of the occasion to renew the assurance of my distinguished consideration.

MELQUIADES VALDERRAMA.
[Inclosure 2 in No. 190.]

Mr. Osborn to Mr. Valderrama .

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s note of the 23d ultimo, inclosing a copy of the convention entered into on the 3d of September last “ad referendum” between the Republic of Chili and that of Colombia, providing for the settlement by arbitration of all such questions as may arise between the two governments which it may be found impossible to arrange through diplomatic intercourse, designating at the same time the President of the United States as umpire, and inquiring whether the government of the United States would lend favorable consideration to the selection therein made of its President as umpire for the cases provided for by the convention referred to.

In reply I have to say that I can best answer your inquiry by transcribing the text [Page 124] of a communication on this subject received from my government under date of October 13, and which is as follows:

“That should occasion for arbitration arise under the treaty, the President will deem himself privileged in being able to respond to the flattering trust reposed in him, and evincing the friendship of the people and Government of the United States for for both republics”

I may add that my government experiences the liveliest satisfaction at the course proposed by your excellency’s government and that of the Republic of Colombia, regarding it as a concurrence in a great principle successfully inaugurated and put in practice by the Government of the United States.

I have, &c.,

THOMAS A. OSBORN.