General Sickles to Mr. Fish.
Madrid , December 11, 1872. (Received January 6, 1873.)
Sir: I have the honor to forward a translation of an interpellation in the senate, and another in the chamber, respecting the proposed sale of slaves in Cuba by the Spanish government, to which reference is made in my No. 496. You will note with satisfaction the declaration of the colonial minister that he has prohibited the sale. He fails, however, to state that these slaves held by the government have been liberated, as required by the law of July 4, 1870.
I am, &c.,