No. 540.
Mr. Guzman to Mr. Bayard.


Sir: I have the honor herewith to inclose a copy of the convention* relative to arbitration which was signed at Guatemala on the 24th of December, 1886, by plenipptentiaries of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, through the friendly mediation of the Government of Guatemala, in which document it is stipulated that both nations shall submit the question of the validity or invalidity of the boundary treaty concluded by them April 15, 1858, to the decision of the President of the United States of America, as arbitrator.

In the name of, and in obedience to special instructions received from, the Government of. Nicaragua, I beg your excellency to be pleased to use your good offices with his excellency the President, to the end that that high functionary may deign to do my country the eminent favor in question.

My Government entertains the hope that this signal service will be rendered to it, well knowing, as it does, the sentiments of the great American nation, and the interest which it takes in promoting the peace and welfare of its sister nations of the New World.

With the assurance, etc.,

H. Guzman.
  1. Printed page 90, supra.