No. 695.
Admiral Polo de Bernabé to Mr. Fish.

The undersigned, minister plenipotentiary of Spain, has the honor to inclose to the honorable Hamilton Fish, Secretary of State of the United States, a literal copy of a telegraphic dispatch from the minister of state at Madrid, with express orders to communicate it to him.

The undersigned avails, &c,

[Telegram from secretary of state, Madrid, to Spanish minister, Washington, 20th November, 1873. Received at 6.45 p.m.]

No apprehension need he entertained of difficulties arising from the presence in Cuban waters of United States war-vessels.

Spain is at this day respected in Cuba, and we are now sending the most peremptory orders.

I await with impatience your reply to my telegram of last evening proposing arbitration.