The Chilean Ambassador (Mathieu) to the Secretary of State
Mr. Secretary of State: In compliance with instructions received from my Government, I have the honor to apply to Your Excellency and through your worthy medium to His Excellency the President of the United States of America, for the purpose of asking that he accept the office of Arbitrator provided for in the Arbitration Treaty signed at Washington on July 20th last61 by the plenipotentiaries of Chile and Peru, the exchange of ratifications of which took place yesterday in this city through the respective diplomatic representatives.
I wish at the same time to avail myself of this opportunity to express to Your Excellency, by special direction of my Government, the great satisfaction, as well as the high confidence, with which the Republic of Chile applies to His Excellency the President of the United States in order to find in his lofty spirit of justice the solution of the problem implied in the clauses of the Treaty of Ancón which have not been executed.
Your Excellency may be assured that nothing will be more welcome or worthy of thankful acknowledgment to the Government of Chile than His Excellency President Harding’s acceptance of the arbitral office flowing from the above mentioned treaty to which he so efficiently contributed through his commanding initiative and Your Excellency, through your invaluable personal intervention.
Be pleased [etc.]