Mr. MacVeagh to Mr. Gresham.
Rome, February 6, 1895. (Received Feb. 28.)
Sir: Referring to my previous correspondence with the Department on the subject of the proposed arbitration by the President of the United States of the dispute which has been pending for some time past between the Government of Italy and the Republic of Colombia in regard to the claims against Colombia of a subject of Italy, Ernesto Cerruti, I have the honor to inclose herewith a copy of a note which I have received from Baron Blanc, the minister of foreign affairs of the Government of Italy, and also a note from Monsieur Hurt ado, the envoy of the Republic of Colombia to Italy, together with translations of each, extending in due form an invitation on behalf of their Governments to the President of the United States to undertake the duties of arbitrator in the settlement of the dispute in question. I also inclose English translations which have been inclosed to me, respectively, by His Excellency Baron Blanc and Monsieur Hurtado, of the protocol which was entered into in August of last year at Castellamare, while I was staying there, between these accredited representatives of the two countries, and by which they agreed to determine the dispute by placing it in the hands of the President for arbitration. I also inclose three printed copies of the protocol, in the original Italian, which have been forwarded to me by the foreign office.
I have the honor to ask you to be so good as to inform me in due course of mail that the President has kindly consented to act as arbitrator as thus requested by both Governments, so that I may be able to notify their excellencies Baron Blanc, on behalf of Italy, and Monsieur Hurtado, on behalf of Colombia, of the acceptance by the President of their joint invitation.
I have, etc.,