Mr. Gresham to Mr. Moonlight.

No. 12.]

Sir: I have received your No. 8, of the 5th ultimo, inclosing a copy of your note to the Bolivian minister of foreign affairs recommending the promotion of Maj. Romulo Fortún, of the Bolivian army, in recognition of courtesies and kindnesses received from him during your reception. You state that you were assured that this was expected, and according to custom.

However usual such a proceeding may be in Bolivia, it is so entirely contrary to section 1751 of the Revised Statutes that the Department can not approve your note, and you should make a proper explanation to the minister of foreign affairs.

I am, etc.,

W. Q. Gresham.