Señor Sagrario to Mr. Wharton.


The undersigned, acting chargé d’affaires of Spain, has the honor to inform the honorable Acting Secretary of State that he has just received instructions from his Government directing him to tender to the [Page 519] Government of the United States a special invitation to take part in the official ceremonies to be held in the port of Palos on 3d of August next, in commemoration of Columbus’s first expedition, which resulted in the discovery of America.

The undersigned hastens to fulfill this agreeable duty and to state to the honorable Acting Secretary of State that the Government and nation of Spain will have great and sincere pleasure in saluting, in the waters of Palos, the American fleet which the Government of the Union may be pleased to send there for the purpose above mentioned.

The undersigned, etc.,

José Felipe Sagrario.