File No. 763.72/3302

The Minister in Peru ( McMillin) to the Secretary of State


Department’s circular February 3, 1 p.m.,2 my February 5, 8 p.m.3 Following is Peru’s reply to Department’s February 3, 1 p.m.:

February 9, 1917.

Mr. Minister: I have had the honor to receive the important communication dated the 4th instant which your excellency, by instructions of your Government, was pleased to send to me. …

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In answer, it is pleasing to me to express to your excellency that my Government duly appreciates the legality of the principles and of the motives which guide that of your excellency in the present emergency, which are in perfect conformity with its referred to note of April 18 last, and form the protection of the rights of all the neutral nations, seriously threatened with the new methods of maritime war which it is proposed to establish. I hope that a modification of these can yet be obtained, opening the way to sentiments of justice and harmony which will prevent bringing to America the horrors of a war without parallel in history.

Thanking your excellency for the highly esteemed information of which you have been so worthy an organ, I am pleased [etc.]

E. de la Riva Aguero

  1. Ante, p. 108.
  2. Not printed.