No. 82.
Mr. Bayard to Mr. Hall.

No. 440.]

Sir: I have received your No. 621 of the 24th ultimo, further relating to the difficulties between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, growing out of the alleged encroachments of the latter on the San Juan River, and have to commend your action in sending hither all attainable information upon the subject.

The Department is, however, not in a, position to express any views as to the merits of the controversy in advance of the proposed submission of the dispute to the President’s arbitration. But it does earnestly counsel moderation, and some honorable modus vivendi pending a definite adjustment of their differences.

I am, etc.,

T. F. Bayard.