to Señor Montufar.
Washington , December 24, 1887.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the note of the 25th of October last, intimating a wish on the part of the Government of the Republic of Guatemala that this Government should allow its diplomatic and consular representatives to lend their friendly good offices in countries where Guatemala is without consular or diplomatic representatives on behalf of its citizens in the same way in which the aid of United States officials is extended to citizens of the Swiss Republic.
Lest this assistance should be less comprehensive and powerful than you may have been led to expect, I inclose you a copy of portions of my note* of the 1st of July last to the representative of the Swiss Republic at this capital.
Should your Government, after knowing the terms of this note, still desire the friendly offices of our foreign representatives, I shall be most happy to send circular instructions to our diplomatic and consular agents similar to those contained in the circular of the 15th of December, 1871, in reference to Swiss citizens.
Accept, sir, etc.,