No. 574.

Mr. Valera to Mr. Frelinghuysen .


The undersigned, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of His Majesty the King of Spain, has the honor to inform the Hon. Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, Secretary of State of the United States, that, according to information which he has received from the consul of Spain at Key West, the Cuban insurgents residing there are actively engaged in fitting out another expedition, which they propose shortly to send to the island of Cuba.

The undersigned calls the special attention of the honorable Secretary of State to the attitude of these constant disturbers of the tranquillity of Spain, and he trusts that he will speedily take suitable measures to arouse the vigilance of the authorities at Key West, so that they may prevent the commission of any illegal act against a peaceable country which is friendly to the United States.