Mr. Andrade to Mr. Olney.


Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your excellency’s note of the 18th ultimo, relative to the organization of the Commission appointed by His Excellency the President of the United States to examine the true boundary line between the Republic of Venezuela and British Guiana, and to report concerning the result of their examination.

Your excellency refers to various suggestions made in a letter from Hon. David J. Brewer, the presiding officer of the Commission, concerning the propriety of the parties immediately interested in the matter intrusted to said Commission assisting it by furnishing to it such documentary evidence, historical narratives, and unpublished archives [Page 1490] as may be in their possession or at their disposal, and by appointing an agent or attorney to see that such evidence is furnished.

I transmitted a copy of your excellency’s aforesaid note to the ministry of foreign relations on the 22d ultimo, and I did so with the more pleasure, since the contents of that note are in perfect accord with the voluntary offer which my Government had already made to the Department of State, through this legation, to furnish all the data collected by it relative to its boundary dispute with Great Britain, which offer is the best pledge of the good will with which it should be considered as being prepared to comply with this just desire of the Commission.

I avail, etc.,

José Andrade.