Mr. Fish to Mr. Robeson.
Washington , December 8, 1873.
Sir: I have the honor to inclose ten copies of an arrangement made this day between me and the Spanish minister for the surrender of the Virginius, and the survivors of those who were on board of her when captured, and for the salute to the flag, should one be made, and ten copies of the message of the President, with the protocol of the 29th November, on the same subject. Referring to our conversation this afternoon, may I request that the proper instructions may be given [Page 1108] without delay and in the manner indicated by you verbally, or in such other way as may seem to you best, in order that the said arrangement may be promptly carried out?
I have, &c.,
P. S.—The copies referred to were delivered to Mr. Robeson personally this p.m.