Mr. Hall to
Guatemala , September 21, 1882. (Received October 23.)
Sir: With reference to your instruction No. 4 of the 9th ultimo, relating to the postponement of the Congress of American States which it was proposed to hold in Washington on the 19th of November of the present year, I have to inform you that, in accordance therewith, I have delivered to the minister for foreign affairs of Guatemala, and have forwarded to each of the ministers for foreign affairs of the other states, a copy of the instruction referred to. My communications to Honduras, Salvador, and Nicaragua, respectively, were addressed on the 9th, and to Costa Rica on the 19th instant, after I had forwarded my credentials as reported in my No. 17. Copies of these communication are transmitted herewith.
Although it was well understood by the Government of Guatemala that the proposed Congress of American states would not be realized, the minister for foreign affairs expressed great regret that a project of such vital importance, to the Central American States especially, should have failed even temporarily. He could but express the hope, however, that the project would be revived at no distant day, and that under the auspices of the United States it would be successfully carried out.
I have, &c.,