Mr. Sail to Mr. Davis.
Havana , November 8, 1873. (Received Nov. 13.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 295, of 5th instant, transmitting a copy of a communication which I considered it my duty to address to the captain-general, claiming for such of our citizens as might be found on board [Page 1062] the Virginius the rights and considerations to which they are entitled by treaty stipulations, I have now to transmit his excellency’s reply, in which it is intimated that the matter is one which does not.-concern me; that the representatives of the United States in Madrid, and of Spain in Washington, will see that the stipulations of the treaty of 1795 are respected, and that the good relations existing between the two countries will facilitate the solution of any doubt which may arise in this affair.
His excellency does not seem to be aware that the peculiar relations of Cuba with the United States make it indispensable that their consular officer at Havana, in the absence of any diplomatic agent, should have the right of addressing him on other subjects than those of a purely commercial nature.
I have, &c,