The Secretary of State to the Chilean Ambassador (Mathieu)62

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of January 16, 1923, in which, on behalf of your Government, [Page 366] you apply, through me, to the President of the United States to accept the office of arbitrator for the purpose of the Arbitration Agreement signed at Washington on July 20 last by the Plenipotentiaries of Chile and Peru, the exchange of ratifications of which took place in this city on January 15. A similar application on behalf of the Government of Peru has also been received from His Excellency the Peruvian Ambassador.

It affords me much pleasure to inform you that the President, deeply appreciating the trust and confidence thus reposed in him by the Governments of Chile and Peru, and highly gratified that this long-standing difference between the two Governments is to be composed by the honorable means of arbitration, is most happy to accept the office of arbitrator.

Accept [etc.]

Charles E. Hughes
  1. The same, mutatis mutandis, to the Peruvian Ambassador.