Mr. Partridge to Mr. Gresham.
Caracas , November 15, 1893 . (Received November 28.)
Sir: With reference to my dispatch No. 95, of the 17th ultimo, relative to the Guiana boundary question, I have the honor to report that in the course of a conversation with Señor Rojas, on the 6th instant, he [Page 806] said to me confidentially that the present condition of that question is very serious, and that Venezuela’s only hope of a favorable settlement is in the friendly offices of the United States. In another conversation, the 14th instant, he said to me more specifically that the reply of the British Government to Señor Michelena practically refused to discuss its rights to such part of the disputed territory as it is occupying, and that the character of the reply is uncompromising and unsatisfactory. He added that he thought that it would be equally for the general interests of the Government of the United States to take some steps in the matter. He did not ask me to report the foregoing to you, but as I said in my previous dispatch: I anticipate that the matter will be brought to your attention by the Venezuelan legation in Washington. On both occasions I assured Señor Rojas of the friendly disposition of the Government and people of the United States, but beyond that I refrained from the expression of any opinion and, especially, I said to him that I could not anticipate what further action, if any, the Government of the United States might think proper to take.
I inclose, simply for your information, some unofficial correspondence between Dr. Pulide, a former agent, and Señor Michelena, the present Venezuelan agent in London, printed in El Tiempo August 26 and October 24, and which is not without interest in this connection. The former article did not come under my observation until the appearance of the answer thereto the 24th ultimo. Perhaps the most suggestive thing about it is that Señor Michelena, having thought best to answer at all, did not do so more satisfactorily.
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