Mr. Hale to Mr. Seward

No. 40.]

Sir: Since I wrote you last, nothing has occurred to change the aspect of public affairs in Spain from what it was at the date of my last letter. The overthrow of the rebellion, then achieved by hand-fighting in the city, seems to have been complete and thorough, and papers in the interest of the government represent that it was not only entire but radical, and that the insurrection was not only subdued but eradicated. I am sorry to be under the necessity of saying that the fears I then expressed to you, that the government would feel themselves compelled to deal harshly with the rebels whomthey had taken prisoners, have been and are being realized. The rebellion broke out on the twenty-second of June last, on the twenty-fifth of the same month there were twenty-one individuals executed by shooting; a few days after, six more, then nineteen more, and yesterday, the seventh, fourteen mòre, making, in all, sixty military executions within two weeks subsequent to the outbreak. These numbers are from the official account.

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With much respect, I am your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.