General Sickles to Mr. Fish.
Madrid , November 12, 1873. (Received December 8.)
Sir: I have the honor to forward a copy of a note passed to the minister [Page 930] of state yesterday, requesting that any American citizens in custody of the authorities at Santiago de Cuba be allowed all the privileges guaranteed to them by the seventh article of the treaty of 1795, and that the consul of the United States at that place be permitted to have free communication with the accused. This suggestion seemed to me proper, in view of what happened in March last in the case of the sailors of the bark Union, and your instructions in that case.
I am, &c,