August 2, 1880

Washington, D.C.


MR. MINISTER: In receiving you in your honorable character of envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the republics of Guatemala and Salvador, I feel pleasure in expressing the satisfaction with which I receive the friendly sentiments of those governments made known through you, and the assurances you proffer of their happy appreciation of the strength and prosperity of the people of the United States and their purpose to follow in the same path of the attainment of like beneficent results. With union and stability in their government, unfailing faith in the American system of free and equal institutions and courageous efforts toward the development of varied and rich natural resources of their country, the Central American states cannot but raise the portion of the continent to its true position among the nations of the world. The extension of foreign commerce between that opulent and advancing region and the neighboring states must needs keep pace with the looked-for growth of material prosperity at home, and it will be the earnest endeavor of this government to meet and assist the efforts you are charged to make in this direction. The policy of this government has been of late to be represented by the same minister near the governments of the five Central American republics, and I notice with gratification that the two states that now accredit you have continued this policy exemplified in the case of your predecessor, by giving to the same enlightened minister their representation at this capital. This course I am glad to regard as indicating continued progress toward unity in all those commonwealths in their foreign relations, and as giving promise of assimilation in the great interests of domestic government which are common to them all, and which, I sincerely hope, may become the basis of a federal union between them. As for yourself, Mr. Minister, a knowledge of your high personal qualities and attainment has preceded your advent in our midst, and I find therein no slight ground to flatter myself that the intercourse thus opened between you and the executive of the United States will be fraught with mutual benefits and kindly associations of goodwill that will not be slow to make themselves felt in the reciprocal relations of this government and the Central American governments which you represent.