The Minister in Nicaragua (Eberhardt) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 23—12:28 p.m.]
52. The following has today been received from Mr. Patteson, the British Chargé d’Affaires in Managua:
“I have the honour to inform Your Excellency that in the absence of guarantees from the Nicaraguan and United States Government for the protection of the lives and properties of British subjects in the event of further street fighting, incendiarism, and pillage, in the threatened districts of this Republic, His Britannic Majesty’s Government are reluctantly contemplating the despatch of a man-of-war to the western coast of Nicaragua.
“It is with pleasure that I am instructed to inform Your Excellency that His Majesty’s Government thanks the Government of the United States once more for its assistance and still continues to rely thereon.”