No. 595.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Valera.

Sir: I had the honor to receive, on the 30th ultimo, your note of the 28th, whereby you communicated to me the sad intelligence which had reached you of the death of His Majesty Don Alfonso XII, and acquaint me with the organization of the Government of Her Majesty, the Queen regent.

Immediately upon the receipt of the like intelligence from the legation of the United States at Madrid, the envoy was instructed by telegraph to tender the sincere condolences of the Government and people of the United States with Her Majesty the Queen regent in her deep bereavement, and to express their wishes for the continued welfare of Spain under the wise rule of Her Majesty.

Accept, &c.,