General Sickles to Mr. Fish.
Minister of state communicated to me to-day, under reserve for your information, preliminary resolution of council of ministers respecting basis of pacification in Cuba. It comprises—
- First. General amnesty.
- Second. Return of confiscated property.
- Third. Gradual abolition of slavery within a brief period.
- Fourth. Provincial assembly and municipal franchises.
- Fifth. Representation in the Spanish Congress by senators and deputies.
Mr. Martos suggests that an indication from you of the probable acceptance of the foregoing would facilitate formal action of this government.