Mr. Hale to Mr. Seward.
Sir: In the latter part of May I received from the consul of the United States at Mahon a communication complaining of the treatment shown to the officers and crew of the United States steamer Canandaigua, by the sanitary authorities of that port, and especially in that these authorities had forced the officers and crew of that ship to go on shore and pass review before one of the health officers, a proceeding which the consul qualified, I think justly, as dangerous for the ship and discourteous to the flag of the United States which had been confided to that ship’s company to keep and defend. I immediately represented the facts to the minister of state of her Catholic Majesty in such terms as seemed to be demanded by the occasion, and to that note, dated June 1st, I have now received a reply, dated on the 13th instant, at Lequeitio, a neighboring village on this coast, where the court of Spain is now sojourning, accompanied by the minister of state for foreign affairs. A translation of this note goes inclosed, and would seem to be satisfactory in so far as it recognizes the bad conduct of the employes complained of, states that they have been rebuked for the same, and expresses confidence that such incidents will not be repeated in future.
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.