No. 605.
Mr. Fish to General Sickles.


Your telegram announcing adjournment of conference received.

Unless abundant reparation shall have been voluntarily tendered, you will demand the restoration of the Virginius, and the release and delivery to the United States of the persons captured on her who have not already been massacred, and that the flag of the United States be saluted in the port of Santiago, and the signal punishment of the officials who were concerned in the capture of the vessel and the execution of the passengers and crew.

In case of refusal of satisfactory reparation within twelve days from this date, you will, at the expiration of that time, close your legation, and will, together with your secretary, leave Madrid, bringing with you the archives of the legation. You may leave the printed documents, constituting the library, in charge of the legation of some friendly power, which you may select, who will consent to take charge of them.