The Secretary of State to the Minister in Nicaragua (Eberhardt)

No. 234

Sir: The Department transmits herewith a letter from the President of the United States to the President of Nicaragua which you will deliver personally to the latter. A copy of this letter and a copy of President Diaz’ communication80 to which it replies are enclosed for your information and the files of the Legation.

The Department desires you to consult with President Diaz with regard to the manner in which the aid of the United States may be best rendered for the supervision of the elections and the maintenance of peace and order in Nicaragua until that time, and report in full to the Department, together with your personal recommendations.

I am [etc.]

Frank B. Kellogg

President Coolidge to President Diaz

Excellency: I have received Your Excellency’s letter dated May 15, 1927, requesting the friendly assistance of the President of the United States in preparing a proper election law in Nicaragua, in securing supervision by impartial Americans of the actual conduct of the elections, in securing American assistance to train and direct an impartial and non-partisan force of constabulary to secure law and order and prevent intimidation of voters, and in other ways to secure American assistance in tranquillizing the sorely disturbed condition of the country so that elections can be fairly held. Your Excellency submitted with this letter a memorandum showing the steps which your Government suggests may be desirable or appropriate to be taken in order that the President of the United States may be able adequately to perform this great service to the Republic of Nicaragua. Your Excellency adds that the Government of Nicaragua will gladly consider the taking of any other steps on its part which may be suggested by the President of the United States as essential or desirable for the accomplishment of that purpose.

In reply I am pleased to inform Your Excellency that I shall welcome the opportunity to assist the Government of Nicaragua to hold free and fair elections at the time appointed by the Constitution. I have been much gratified at the recent settlement of the difficulties [Page 354]in Nicaragua brought about through the good offices of my personal representative, Colonel Stimson, and the wisdom and patriotism shown by the Nicaraguan Government and the Nicaraguan people of all factions. It is my earnest desire that the peace which has now been arranged may be a permanent one, and to this end it is my desire to be of all possible assistance in the future. I am instructing the American Minister at Managua to discuss with Your Excellency the manner in which the aid and assistance of the United States can be best extended both for supervising the elections in Nicaragua and for maintaining order in the country until that time. Mr. Eberhardt has my entire confidence and will, I know, welcome this opportunity to be of service to the Nicaraguan people.

Accept [etc.]

Calvin Coolidge
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