Mr. Tower to Mr. Hay.

Sir: I have the honor to inform you that Her Majesty’s Government have received reports from the British legation at Santiago, which show that it is desirable to provide further means of protection for the British subjects residing in Bolivia.

You were good enough to instruct the United States minister to protect British subjects in view of the revolution which was recently [Page 344] in progress, and I am instructed by the Marquis of Salisbury to ask that the diplomatic and consular officers of the United States may continue to take charge of British interests until such time as arrangements can be made for the appointment of British consular officers for that purpose.

Her Majesty’s Government are fully sensible of the assistance already rendered by the United States minister, and I am to express the hope that you will feel no difficulty in acceding to their present request.

I may add that my dispatch informing Lord Salisbury of the contents of your note No. 1460, of the 26th ultimo, which stated that everything was quiet in Bolivia, crossed the instructions which I have now the honor to communicate to you.

I have, etc.,

Reginald Tower.