No. 596.

Mr. Bayard to Mr. Valera.

Sir: With reference to the information recently communicated by you, of an intended violation of the neutrality laws, by the fitting out of an expedition at Key West against the peace of Cuba, I have the [Page 783] honor to say that according to telegrams of the 2d instant from the United States attorney and collector of customs at Key West thorough precautionary measures have been taken to prevent any attempted departure of suspected persons upon such an expedition.

Accept, &c.,