Mr. Bayard to Mr. Gresham.
London , March 16, 1894 . (Received March 26.)
Sir: Some questions in relation to matters in Brazil were asked and answered in the House of Commons, and I have the honor to inclose herewith the report thereof of the Times of to-day.
It is certainly a cause of congratulation to the war-worn people of Brazil, as well as to the interest of commerce of all nations, that the savage contest of the rival chiefs and parties for power in that Republic has come to a close, so that a period of repose and recuperation may now be hoped for.
The conduct of the relations of the United States to the republican Government of Brazil, has been just, considerate, and thoroughly judicious, and I am sure that the efficient presence of our naval force, and its creditable action under Admiral Benham, has been a factor of great value to the peaceful commerce of the port of Rio, and perfectly consistent with neutrality throughout.
There are indications in the public press of complaint among British shipowners and merchants of a lack of protection of their neutral rights by the naval forces of this country.
I trust that the unhappy civil strife of the Brazilian Republic may now be at an end, and having under your instructions given close attention to the attitude and action of this Government in relation to the contest, I have been unable to trace any disposition whatever to take sides in the struggle or even to express sympathy in favor of the replacement of a republican by a monarchical form of government in Brazil.
The attitude of the Government of the United States and its avowed interest expressed in relation to European interference with affairs in the Western Hemisphere is, I believe, quite well recognized and interpreted here.
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