to Mr. Bayard.
Lima, Peru, May 24, 1888. (Received June 18.)
Sir: I herewith inclose copies of papers relative to the outrages perpetrated against Mr. V. H. Mac Cord, at Arequipa, in June, 1885. They consist of a letter from Mr. Richard Gibbs, the United States minister to Bolivia, dated July 17, 1885; a letter from Mr. Mac Cord to me, dated July 24, 1885; and Mr. Mac Cord’s protest, made before the British vice-consul at Arequipa June 16, 1885. Notwithstanding the dates, these papers have only been presented to me within the last few days.
In connection, however, I refer Department to my No. 48, of October 30,1885 (see also Department’s reply in its No. 41, of December 8, 1885); thus will appear explained why this matter has not been before officially presented. The reasons at that time existing have continued until a recent date; when the action of the Peruvian Government in seizing the railroads which Mr. Thorndike held, and of which Mr. Mac Cord was his general manager, relieved these gentlemen from the restraint of conflicting interest and prudence which hitherto had induced them to avoid an issue on the subject with the Government of Peru.
Mr. Mac Cord is at present consular agent of the United States at Mollendo, latterly commissioned November 12, 1886. (See Department’s Register, page 31.)
Mr. Mac Cord states in a letter to me of May 14, 1888, that he was at the time of the outrage, viz, May 12, 1885, consular agent, under appointment dated February 10, 1883, made by Mr. Partridge, then United States minister to Peru, and was recognized as such at Arequipa February 20, 1883; and he incloses the certificate of his said appointment with his recognition, signed “Valcárcel,” under the stamp of the minister of foreign relations, Peru. Of this I presume Department has its own record.
From Mr. Gibbs’ letter it seems Mr. Mac Cord had previously tendered his resignation as consular agent, though my understanding is, at the time of the events complained of he had not been advised of its acceptance.
I am, etc.,