Mr. Ewing to Mr. Uhl.

No. 128.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch No. 130, instructing me to express to the Belgian Government the gratification with which Venezuela would receive a new minister from Belgium and the interest that American Republic feels in strengthening and making permanent the cordial ties that unite the two peoples.

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In reply to the communication I addressed on the subject to the Belgian minister of foreign affairs, I have just received a note, of which I herewith inclose a copy and a translation into English.

As will be seen, the Belgian Government, having experienced on the part of Venezuela the same treatment as France, wishes to consult with that Republic as to its action in the matter.

I have, etc.,

James S. Ewing
[Inclosure in No. 128.—Translation.]

Mr. de Burlet to Mr. Ewing.

Mr. Minister: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s note, dated the 6th of this month, by which you are so kind as to inform me of the desire expressed by the Government of Venezuela to see the United States employ its good offices in reestablishing relations between Venezuela and Belgium.

The representative of France having been treated in the same manner as the agent of Belgium, the Government of the King wishes in the first place to have an understanding with that of the French Republic. Moreover, it is awaiting the speedy arrival of M. Ledeganck, its consul-general chargé d’affaires at Caracas, who, for family reasons, was not able to leave that city as soon as the Marquis Ripert Monchar, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of France.

Be so kind as to accept, etc.,

J. de Burlet