Mr. Ransom to Mr. Olney.

No. 75.]

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that I have accepted the position of arbitrator between Mexico and Guatemala. The choice comes at the same time from both Governments, and though the work will be arduous and the result possibly not entirely satisfactory, I thought it my duty to undertake the office.

With very high regard,

M. W. Ransom.
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[Inclosure in No. 75.]

Mr. Ransom to Mr. Mariscal and Mr. Leon.

Sir: I have the honor to communicate to you that I have received from my Government its approbation of the joint designation of myself as arbitrator of the Governments of Mexico and Guatemala under the convention of these two countries of the 1st of April, 1895, and that it will give me very great pleasure to accept that high trust.

I am deeply sensible of the distinguished honor conferred upon me as the representative of the United States by this appointment, coming from sister and neighboring Republics, and it will be my constant endeavor to pursue and render equal and impartial justice to both.

I have, etc.,

M. W. Ransom.