Letter from the Minister Resident of Spain.


My Dear Sir: Through the newspapers which I have just received I learn with the deepest pain of the brutal assassination and horrible crime perpetrated in Washington against the most worthy President of your excellency’s nation, Abraham Lincoln, and his minister, William H. Seward.

As an evidence of the sincere sorrow which will be felt by my august sovereign and her government when they shall be informed of it, as well as of that experienced by myself, I immediately hoisted my flag in position of mourning.

I hasten to inform your excellency of this, with the earnest assurances of distinguished consideration and regard with which I am your excellency’s most obedient servant,


Thomas H. Nelson, Esq., &c.