Mr. Hicks to Mr. Gresham.
Lima, June 17, 1893. (Received July 6.)
Sin: Referring to my No. 506, of June 12, I now have the pleasure of announcing that the Peruvian Government has paid to me the sum of 2,000 sols in full settlement of the claim of Enrique Meier, acting consular agent at Mollendo, for indemnity on account of damages to his person and property, caused by a mob on the night of March 25, 1893.
Inasmuch as this is the first payment made by Peru, to my knowledge, on account of claims for damages, during my residence of four years in the country, I feel greatly pleased at the result. The whole affair has apparently engendered only the kindest feelings on the part of the Peruvian Government, and instead of resulting in coldness and estrangement it has, to all appearances, had the effect of producing a cordial feeling towards the United States.
In order that the Department may understand the whole matter, I inclose a copy of my notes to the foreign office and the reply of the minister, with the decree of the President, my note to Mr. Meier and finally a receipt for the cash from Messrs Grace Brothers & Co., a duplicate of which was forwarded to Mr. Meier.
I have, etc.,