No. 13.
Mr. Adams to Mr. Frelinghuysen

No. 92.]

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.,

[Inclosure 1 in No 92.]

Mr. Adams to Señor Zilveti

Sir: Referring to our interview of yesterday, during which i had the honor to acquaint your excellency, verbally, with the contents of a dispatch received by me from my government and with the instructions therein contained, i have now the pleasure to transmit a true copy of the said dispatch and have the distinguished honor, formally and officially, and in the name of the President of the United States, to tender his invitation through you to his excellency the President of Bolivia to send two commissioners provided with full powers to an American Peace Congress, to be held in the city of Washington on the 22d day of November, 1882, for the purpose of deliberating and counseling with the commissioners of all other independent countries of America, who have likewise been invited, upon such matters as you will please find set forth by the Secretary of State of the United States in the inclosed dispatch, and which no words of mine could more fully elucidate.

I shall be gratified to be informed as soon as it may be convenient that after due consideration this invitation has been accepted by his excellency the President of Bolivia in the same spirit as it has been tendered, and I may be permitted to predict that, by means of this congress, the bonds of union and amity between the different American countries cannot fail to be augmented and firmly secured.

I take, &c.,

[Inclosure 2 in No. 92.—Translation.]

Señor Zilveti to Mr. Adams

Sir: On the 18th instant i had the honor to receive your excellency’s note of the 16th. with which you were kind enough to transmit a copy of a dispatch from the [Page 20] Department of State of the United States to the legation which your excellency so worthily occupies, intended to invite the Government of Bolivia to an American Congress which shall meet at Washington on the 22d of November of this year.

Consequently, your excellency has been pleased to invite my government officially to send its representatives to said congress, which is called to deliberate upon matters affecting the future peace and prosperity of all the nations of the continent.

This very important dispatch received from your excellency will be brought to the knowledge of my government, and I am sure it will be appreciated as it deserves, for the high ends which this government has in view to the benefit of America and the stability of its governments, as well as for the like high propositions with which the most excellent government of the United States initiates the meeting of the congress at Washington.

It shall be very agreeable to me to transmit to your excellency the reply of the Government of Bolivia. Meanwhile, &c.,