Mr. Hall to
Guatemala , October 7, 1887. (Received November 3.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith a printed copy of the message of the President of Guatemala to the national constituent assembly of that Republic, on the 1st day of October, 1887, with a synopsis of its contents.
You will observe that the President opens his message with the enunciation of the principle of popular sovereignty, and declares that the legislative authority during the past two years dictated laws in opposition to the interests of its constituents, and in nihilation of branches of the Government, especially in that of the department of finance. It was, therefore, on account of the restrictions imposed upon him that it became impossible to save the national credit, unless with a firm hand, and by change of advisers in his cabinet he should assume, for a time, supreme executive power. Hence his decree of June 26, 1887. That his course of conduct met with popular approval was illustrated by the demonstrations of good will and enthusiastic reception throughout his tour of visit to the eastern departments of the Republic. And, although at first the representative of Mexico refused to recognize the new order of things, that now an arrangement has been perfected by which the Republic of Mexico, in common with all other powers represented at this capital, renews its friendly attitude in harmonious recognition of a firm, existent fact.
The other portions of the message refer, as you will note, to the domestic affairs of the Republic, of which, from time to time, you have been advised, so far as the same relate to the interests of our fellow-citizens resident here.
There seems to be perfect accord between the national administration and the legislative assembly, presaging unity of action and a harmonious execution of the laws.
I have, etc.,