Señor Dupuy de Lôme to Mr. Foster.


Mr. Secretary: The minister of state informs me that Her Majesty the Queen Regent will leave the port of Cadiz on the 9th October next and will proceed by sea to Huelva to inaugurate the monument which is being erected to Columbus, in commemoration of the fourth centenary of the discovery of America.

Her Majesty will be accompanied by vessels of war of friendly nations, and the Spanish Government would regard it as a proof of consideration and esteem if the flag of the United States figured in that solemn ceremony. I am therefore instructed to notify you, in order to learn whether the United States Government thinks proper to accept this invitation.

I avail myself, etc.,

Enrique Dupuy de Lôme.