The President of Salvador to President Roosevelt.


I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of Your Excellency’s message inviting Salvador to settle her difficulties with Guatemala. Taking into consideration the grave disturbances of the peace of Central America and the interests of humanity, I accept with pleasure Your Excellency’s proposition of direct negotiation as the most expeditious means of accomplishing the desired end.

Salvador has ever been ready to conclude an honorable and durable peace with Guatemala, and accepts the offer of the Marblehead for the conclusion of the treaty by our commissioners and those of Guatemala.

Better success would attend the negotiations if the minister of the United States to Guatemala and Salvador and the Mexican minister to Central America would take part in the conference in neutral waters, and if the President of Mexico lends it his cooperation I further accept the suspension of hostilities, and, as a measure of greater effectiveness, the concentration and disbandment of troops during the course of negotiations.

Reiterating my thanks for your friendly intervention,

I am, Your Excellency’s obedient servant,

Pedro José Escalon.