File No. 6775/62.

President Roosevelt to the President of Guatemala.a


It is with great regret that I have received information indicating the imminence of disturbance of the peace of Central America.

In view of the untold benefits of peaceful relations among your countries, not only to yourselves but to America and to the world at large, I am led by sentiments of impartial amity to cooperate most earnestly with the President of Mexico in lending friendly influence in the cause of peace and humanity, as has been done before in similar cases.

A conference having been suggested between representatives of the Republics of the Central American States, I cordially tender the good offices of the United States toward bringing about so beneficial a result, and I beg to assure Your Excellency of my desire and willingness to contribute toward the attainment of peace, in full concurrence with the President of Mexico.

I appeal to Your Excellency to aid in the realization of my friendly purpose by refraining from any action tending to increase the dangers of the situation pending a further resort to the peaceful methods of diplomacy.

I am telegraphing in the same sense to the Presidents of the other Central American States.

Theodore Roosevelt.
  1. Mutatis mutandis to the Presidents of Nicaragua, Honduras, Salvador, and Costa Rica.