The iron steamer Mosquito was built in London to serve as a tug for sailing vessels entering the port of Tampico. Soon after reaching that port it was used as a war vessel by partisans of French intervention in Mexico. This over, it was taken to Havana and delivered to the Spanish authorities of the Island of Cuba.

It is said that those authorities are disposed to give it up to the government of Mexico, if they are paid the costs of keeping it. The government of Mexico would like to be certain of the disposition of the authorities of Cuba in this particular, and would like to know what sum they expect before the vessel will be given up.