No. 299.
Mr. Phelps to Mr. Frelinghuysen.

No. 138.]

Sir: The Government has so far fully succeeded in preventing information of its military operations and political acts, away from the capital, from reaching the public. Two weeks have elapsed since the force went north, and nothing is so far known of its operations. The censorship of the press is closely maintained.

I had information from Arequipa indirectly a few days since. Up to that date all was quiet and business entirely arrested by the stoppage of commerce at Mollendo, which port is still subject to a paper blockade.

Caceres, it is supposed, is now there.

In Lima all remains quiet and orderly, but all its industries, like those of all Peru, are prostrated, and seemingly not soon to be reestablished.

I have, &c.,