No. 477.
Mr. Mantilla to Mr. Evarts .


The undersigned, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of His Catholic Majesty, has the honor to address the honorable Secretary of State of the United States for the purpose of informing him that, by a royal order of the 10th of the current month of December, received to-day at this legation, he is instructed to inform the Government of the United States of America that His Majesty the King of Spain, Don Alfonso XII, has determined to contract marriage with his august cousin, the Infanta Doña Maria de has Mercedes, daughter of their Royal Highnesses the Infantes Duke and Duchess of Montpensier.

In gladly performing this duty, the undersigned avails himself of this occasion to renew, &c.