Mr. Neill to Mr. Hay.
Lima, Peru , October 29, 1904 .
Sir: Regarding the desire contained in Department’s instruction of September 23 last to obtain and forward without delay copies of the neutrality proclamations issued by the Government of Peru during the war between Russia and Japan, I have the honor to inform you that I was able to obtain copies of a note from the legation of Japan, in Mexico, of February 11, 1904, advising this Government of the declaration by Japan of the war against Russia, and asking that measures be taken by Peru for the maintenance of its neutrality.
Also the reply given by the Peruvian foreign office to the said note, wherein the minister for foreign relations, at that time Doctor Elmore, assured the legation of Japan that Peru would maintain the strictest neutraliiy, for which purpose the necessary measures had been taken.
These are the only two documents having relation to the matter, existing in the Peruvian foreign office, of which I inclose copies and translation.
I have, etc.,