Mr. Cushing to Mr. Fish
Madrid , September 17, 1875. (Received October 5.)
Sir: The circular of the papal nuncio, transmitted with my No. 520, of the 14th instant, continues to be the dominant preoccupation of political circles here and of the government. I inclose translation of a short article of the Imparcial, which points to the policy of the United States in the matter of religious confessions as the only true and wise one, and contrasts it with the trouble which not only Catholic countries like Spain have in following a different course, but also Protestant countries like Prussia and the Protestant cantons of Switzerland. I infer from internal evidence that the article is by D. Juan Valera, one of the most eminent authors of the present day in Spain, and who is among the contributors to the Impartial.
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