No. 356.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Lainfiesta.

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your note of the 22d ultimo, announcing that the National Assembly of Guatemala, convoked the 26th of June last, had approved, by acclamation, the course of His Excellency Manuel Lisandro Barillas in proclaiming himself dictator.

The sympathy of the people of Guatemala thus expressed through their chosen representatives, so largely in favor of General Barillas, affords a gratifying assurance that those forms of stable administration which are essential to the peace, happiness, and prosperity of any self-governed people, and which the United States Government hopes that of Guatemala may abundantly enjoy, will be conserved through the agency of the present Executive of that Republic.

Accept, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.