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gratified if, by my presence near your Government, the cordial and friendly relations which have always existed between the Republics of the United States and Honduras may be continued and promoted.

I have the honor to transmit herewith inclosed the letter of recall of my distinguished predecessor, the Hon. Macgrane Cox, who resigned while on leave of absence, thereby preventing him from presenting it in person.

I embrace this opportunity to renew to your excellency the assurance of my most distinguished consideration."

Hon. FREDERICK H. ALLISON,

United States Consul, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

W. GODFREY HUNTER.

GUATEMALA, December 24, 1898.

MY DEAR SIR: Accept sincere thanks for your kind offices in the matter of my official reception by the President of Honduras.

The President kindly informs me by wire that I will be officially received by him. On account of press of official business I can not leave here at this time and have therefore taken the liberty to transmit by mail to the minister of foreign affairs my credentials, and have asked that I be officially received in this way.

I expect to visit Honduras quite soon, but would like to be recognized now in order to enable me to transact some official business with Honduras long neglected. Please see the minister of foreign affairs and the President, if necessary, and ask that this favor be granted.

Sincerely yours,

W. GODFREY HUNTER.

On the 22d instant I received the following telegram:

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Your telegram received. Accept sincere thanks for your kindness. Wire date of my official recognition, that I may cable to Washington.

W. GODFREY HUNTER.

To which the minister of foreign affairs wired as follows:

EXECUTIVE PALACE, Tegucigalpa, January 25, 1899.

The MINISTER OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA:
By the next mail your excellency will receive the answer to the autographs, and
the decree in which your excellency is recognized in his high position.
I protest to your excellency the assurances of my distinguished consideration.
ANGEL UGARTE,
Minister of Foreign Affairs.

On receipt of the decree referred to by the minister of foreign affairs I shall transmit a copy to the Department.

I have, etc.,

W. GODFREY HUNTER.

Mr. Hunter to Mr. Hay.

No. 135.]

LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS,
Guatemala, January 30, 1899.

SIR: Referring to Department's cablegram, dated December 6, 1898, and my No. 132, dated January 28, 1899, relative to presenting my

original credentials to the executive of Honduras, I have the honor to transmit herewith inclosed additional communications received, as follows:

Two autograph letters from the President of Honduras to President William McKinley.

Translation of office copies of same.

Translation of private letter from the President of Honduras to Mr. Hunter.

Translation of decree recognizing Mr. Hunter as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States to Honduras. I have, etc.,

W. GODFREY HUNTER.

[Inclosure.]

Mr. Ugarte to Mr. Hunter.

[Translation.]

EXECUTIVE PALACE, REPUBLIC OF HONDURAS,
OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS,

Tegucigalpa, January 19, 1899.

SIR: Inclosed I have the honor of remitting to your excellency the following documents:

Two autograph letters of the President of the Republic in answer to the two of the President of the United States.

One private letter from the President of the Republic addressed to your excellency. Two copies of the autographic letters, and one decree recognizing your excellency in the elevated capacity of envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to this Government.

I am happy on this occasion to address to your excellency my sincere congratulations for the merited proof of confidence which the Government of the United States has evinced toward your excellency, intrusting you with a mission so honorable, and to protest to your excellency the sentiments of my distinguished consideration.

ANGEL UGARTE,

[Subinclosure 1.]

The President of Honduras to the President of the United States.

[Translation.]

EXECUTIVE PALACE, Republic of Honduras. GREAT AND GOOD FRIEND: Your Excellency's autographic letter has been sent me, in which you are pleased to communicate to me that the Hon. Mr. W. Godfrey Hunter, a distinguished citizen of that country, has been accredited to my Government in the capacity of envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America.

Your Excellency adds that Mr. Hunter is well informed in regard to the respective interests of both countries, and of the sincere desire of Your Excellency to cultivate in its broadest sense the friendship which has so long existed between them; and manifests the confidence which the character and ability of the person appointed inspire, in believing that he will work for the interests and prosperity of the two Governments.

In answer, I manifest to Your Excellency that Mr. Hunter had not been received before by my Government, in his elevated mission, because Honduras, by virtue of the agreement of Anapala, had resigned her sovereignty to a diet in charge of the foreign affairs, and which, in consequence, had the exclusive faculty of receiving diplomatic representatives.

This sovereignty having been resumed anew by this Republic, I take the greatest pleasure in receiving Mr. Hunter in the high office with which he has been honored

and I will give him entire faith and credit in the discharge of the mission which has been intrusted to him, aiding him in all possible ways in the greatest success in his labors, especially in that part which conduces to the broadening of the cordial relations which fortunately exist between Honduras and the United States. Written in Tegucigalpa this 18th day of January, 1899.

Loyal and good friend,

Exact copy of original:

ANGEL UGARTE.

P. BONILLA,
ANGEL UGARTE.

[Subinclosure 2.]

The President of Honduras to the President of the United States.

[Translation.]

EXECUTIVE PALACE, Republic of Honduras.

GREAT AND GOOD FRIEND: The Hon. Mr. W. Godfrey Hunter has remitted to me the autographic letter of Your Excellency, dated November 16, 1897, in which Your Excellency is pleased to inform me of the recall of Mr. Macgrane Coxe, who discharged with such prudence the mission of envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States in Honduras, he having resigned for personal reasons the above-mentioned office.

It gives me satisfaction to be able to assure Your Excellency that Mr. Macgrane Coxe, during the time of his mission, dedicated his efforts to bring about the good understanding and cordial relations which have happily existed and still exist between the Governments of Honduras and the United States, and in his personality made himself worthy of the esteem and appreciation of this Government by his unquestionable merits.

Written in Tegucigalpa on this 18th day of January, 1899.

Loyal and good friend,

Exact copy of original:

ANGEL UGARTE.

P. BONILLA.

ANGEL UGARTE

[Subinclosure 3.]

Mr. Bonilla to Mr. Hunter.

[Translation.]

EXECUTIVE PALACE, REPUBLIC OF HONDURAS,

Tegucigalpa, January 18, 1899.

MR. MINISTER: Through the agency of the secretary of foreign affairs your excellency's esteemed official communication of December 24 last, including the autographic letter of the most excellent sir, the President of the United States of America, accrediting your excellency as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to my Government, has been received.

I regret as well as your excellency the fact that unavoidable official duties have prevented your excellency from presenting your credentials in person, and I entertain the hope of seeing the speedy fulfillment of your excellency's promise in order that I may be able to receive you with the cordiality and honor due the representative of a friendly nation with which Honduras takes pleasure in cultivating friendly relations.

I am grateful to your excellency for the benevolent manner in which you judge my administration in matters relative to the progress of Honduras, and I can assure your excellency that one of the principal things which has received the attention of the Government actually presiding is the maintenance of a good, friendly intelligence with other nations, and for the same reasons your excellency will find all possible facilities in the discharge of your high and important mission.

I also received the inclosed autographic letter of the most excellent sir, the President, Mr. McKinley, referring to the recall of Mr. Macgrane Coxe, your excellency's distinguished predecessor. The minister of foreign relations will transmit to your excellency, along with the present communication, the copies of my answer to the two autographic letters.

I take this opportunity of protesting to your excellency the sentiments of my most distinguished consideration.

P. BONILLA.

[Subinclosure 4.]

Mr. Ugarte to Mr. Hunter.

[Translation.]

EXECUTIVE PALACE, REPUBLIC OF HONDURAS,

OFFICE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.
Tegucigalpa, January 19, 1899.

SIR: I have the honor of transcribing to your excellency the decree which says:
TEGUCIGALPA, January 19, 1899.

In view of the credentials remitted by the Hon. Mr. W. Godfrey Hunter, by which he is accredited to this Government in the capacity of envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the United States of America, the President of the Republic

decrees:

To hold the Hon. W. Godfrey Hunter as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary, and to command that he be shown all the honors and distinction which correspond to his elevated position. Let it be communicated.

BONILLA.

The Secretary of State in the Department of Foreign Relations.

ANGEL UGARTE.

Please accept, Mr. Minister, the assurance of my most distinguished consideration, with which I subscribe myself,

Your excellency's most obedient servant,

ANGEL UGARTE.

COURTESIES SHOWN BY GUATEMALAN OFFICIALS TO U. s. S.

No. 129.]

PHILADELPHIA.

Mr. Hunter to Mr. Hay.

LEGATION OF THE UNITED STATES,
GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS,
Guatemala, January 7, 1899.

SIR: I have the honor to inform you that the United States flagship Philadelphia, Rear-Admiral Albert Kautz, commanding, reached San José, Guatemala, on the 30th ultimo. The Admiral wired that he desired to pay his respects to me and to have an audience with the President, and that he would be accompanied by five of his staff officers. This fact I communicated in person to the President, who at once invited them to become the nation's guests during their stay in Guatemala. At 6 o'clock on the evening of the 31st, the Admiral and staff arrived in this city on a special provided by Colonel Hodgson, manager of the Guatemala Central Road. They were met 10 miles out by a committee from the American club, a number of prominent Americans, and the secretary of this legation.

I received them at the depot and introduced them to the minister of foreign affairs and an officer of the President's staff sent to welcome them to Guatemala in the name of the President. Suitable quarters were procured at the Grand Union Hotel, where they remained until their departure yesterday morning.

They were royally entertained by the Government and citizens during their stay here.

At 1 o'clock p. m. on the 1st instant the President received them most cordially at the palace. They held a reception at the United States legation from 2 to 4 o'clock on the same day. The cabinet and

other high Government officials, the diplomatic corps, and prominent citizens called to pay their respects.

Two entertainments were given in their honor at the American Club, at one of which the President attended. They were invited to a ball at the Guatemalan Club and a banquet was given them at the American legation.

A magnificent banquet and breakfast was given them by the President at Villa la Aurora, situated in a beautiful Government park, 3 miles south of this city, which the President attended, accompanied by the Cabinet and other high Government officials. About sixty of the most prominent citizens of the city were invited.

The villa was tastefully decorated with American and Guatemalan flags, and the military band furnished delightful music, with an occasional American and Guatemalan air.

The President drank to the American Navy, and spoke at some length eulogistic of the United States, to which the Admiral responded. The banquet was a great success and regarded by all present as the most superb entertainment of the kind ever given in Guatemala.

As the menu of the President's banquet had a handsome picture of the Philadelphia, one will be found hereto attached.

The Admiral and staff left this morning for San José, delighted with their reception in this city, and accompanied by a member of the President's staff.

I have, etc.,

W. GODFREY HUNTER.

Mr. Hay to Mr. Hunter.

No. 104.]

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, January 31, 1899.

SIR: I have to acknowledge with gratification the receipt of your dispatch No. 129, of the 6th instant, reporting the courtesies shown Rear-Admiral Kautz and his officers of the flagship Philadelphia, during their recent visit to Guatemala city.

I am etc.,

JOHN HAY.

Mr. Hay to Mr. Hunter.

No. 109.]

DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, February 7, 1899.

SIR: Referring to your dispatch No. 129, of the 6th ultimo, I have to inform you that I am in receipt of a letter dated the 2d instant from the Secretary of the Navy, in which he requests that the thanks of his Department be conveyed to the authorities of Guatemala, and to yourself and the other representatives of the United States at Guatemala city, for the courtesies shown Admiral Kautz and the officers of the U. S. S. Philadelphia on the occasion of their recent visit to that city.

You will express in suitable terms and through the appropriate channels the thanks of the Navy Department as above indicated.

I am, etc.,

JOHN HAY.

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