File No. 821.001C74/1.

The Minister of Colombia to the Secretary of State.


Sir: I have the honor to send to your excellency the autograph letter in which His Excellency the President of Colombia, Doctor José Vicente Concha, announces his assumption of office to His Excellency the President of the United States; and I beg your excellency to be good enough to cause the said letter to be delivered at its high destination, together with the sentiments of distinguished consideration which are professed by the President of the People of Colombia and his Minister at Washington for the illustrious Mr. Wilson.

I avail [etc.]

Julio Betancourt.

José Vicente Concha, President of the Republic of Colombia, to His Excellency the President of the United States of America.

Great and Good Friend:

Elected by the popular vote of my fellow-citizens to be President of the Republic of Colombia for the period of four years, which began yesterday, I entered upon the exercise of the Executive Power, after having taken possession of the Chief Magistracy before the National Congress, in the terms prescribed by the Constitution.

I consider one of the duties to which I should give special attention to be that of strengthening the friendly ties existing between our respective countries, to which end I venture to count upon the able cooperation of Your Excellency.

I very sincerely desire the prosperity of your nation as well as Your Excellency’s personal happiness; and I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, Your Excellency’s

Loyal and Good Friend,

José Vicente Concha.

Marco Fidel Suàrez.