Mr. McKinney to Mr. Gresham.
Bogota, September 29, 1893. (Received October 31.)
Sir: In continuation of my No. 12 in answer to your No. 6,* I have the honor to say that I, immediately on receipt of your communication, sent an official dispatch to the minister of foreign affairs, in which I expressed the feeling of the Government of the United States in regard to the boundary question between Colombia and Costa Rica.
The minister of foreign affairs personally requested that I withdraw the official communication on the plea that he preferred to deal with this legation upon such matters in personal interviews.[Page 267]
On his urgent request I withdrew the document and he promised before he sent an official communication to the Government of Costa Rica regarding the boundary question he would transmit a copy to me, that I might ask my Government to use its good services to induce Costa Rica to accept the propositions of the Colombian Government. It appears that the letter of the Colombian Government was sent to Costa Rica on the 6th of September, while we were not given its contents until the 21st of September, when he sent us a copy published in the official organ of the Government, a copy and translation of which I inclose.
I also inclose a copy and translation of his letter to me.
On account of so long a time having elapsed since the communication was sent to Costa Rica, I did not deem myself justified in sending a cable upon the subject.
I am, etc.,