to Mr. Frelinghuysen
La Paz, February 27, 1882. (Received April 17.)
Sir: I have the honor to report that I have carried out the instructions contained in dispatches Nos. 49 and 51 in relation to the proposed Congress at Washington, and submit the correspondence which has taken place between the minister of foreign relations of Bolivia and myself upon the subject.
There can be no doubt that the invitation tendered will be formally accepted by Bolivia in good time.
These instructions, although dated in November last, did not reach me until February 1, as formerly reported through Mr. Trescot, and then with the request to delay the invitation until further notice from him. In his letter of January 30, however, received by me February 14, Mr. Trescot withdraws his request for delay and suggests that the invitation be now tendered.
These circumstances I beg to submit as an excuse why the instructions were not complied with sooner. I have, &c.,