The Acting Secretary of State to the Colombian Minister.

No. 1.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith for your use a copy of the President’s reply to the remarks made by you this afternoon on the occasion of the presentation of your letters of credence as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of Colombia near this government.

Accept, etc.,

F. B. Loomis.


Mr. Minister: I am glad to welcome you to Washington and to receive from your hands the letters whereby you are accredited to this government in the quality of envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary from Colombia.

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The United States has no other wish than to cultivate and maintain with Colombia the most cordial relations and to conduct its intercourse with that country with equity and justice; and I know of no existing circumstances that could affect my sincere desire to preserve and increase in all honorable ways the friendship and good understanding between the two governments and peoples. I count, Mr. Minister, on your cooperation to this end.

I beg that you will convey to President Reyes an expression of my thanks for his courteous message and assure him of my best wishes for his personal welfare and the happiness and prosperity of the Colombian people.