Minister Lee to the Secretary of State.

No. 13.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose herewith repliesa from the Government of Ecuador to the letter of recall of Mr. Sampson and to my letter of credence.

General Alfaro is in control of the Republic as Supreme Chief, and seems likely to remain so. He has appointed a cabinet and filled the public offices.

After waiting one month and after receiving the inclosed documents, and as former President Garcia has relinquished his position and is on his way to Europe, I requested an audience with the Supreme Chief. He received me at 2 p.m. yesterday (15th), and I thus put an end to a situation which was becoming intolerable. The visits of the remainder of the diplomatic corps will follow. General Alfaro was plainly very much pleased with my visit. He seems an ardent admirer of the United States. The situation is quiet and a period of peace appears to be at hand.

I have, etc.,

Joseph W. J. Lee.
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