to Mr. Hall.
Washington , February 20, 1886.
Sir: I inclose, for your information, a copy of a letter from Mr. Fernando O. Valentine, consul-general of Guatemala at New York, dated the 13th instant, touching the alleged violations of the United States neutrality statutes by the enemies of Honduras and Salvador, and asking the assurances of this Government, conjointly with those of Guatemala, to insure the peace of the Central American Republics. I add also my letter, in reply, of the 19th instant, declining to give such assurances, but saying, at the same time, that no effort would be spared in case of proper application by any one of those states to prevent and punish any violation of our neutrality acts.
I am, &c.,