The Acting Secretary of State to Señor Bengoechea.

No. 16.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 22d instant, informing the department of the death of Señor [Page 867] Don Jorge Muñoz, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of Guatemala to the United States.

In acknowledging the receipt of your note making the sad announcement, I assure you that the President and Government of the United States have learned with sincere sorrow and regret of the death of Señor Muñoz, whose high abilities and sympathetic personal qualities won for him the esteem of all who were associated with him, and whose statesmanship contributed so largely to the strengthening of the bonds of peace and friendship between the Governments of the United States and Guatemala.

Accept, sir, etc.,

Robert Bacon.