Mr. Snowden to Mr. Foster.
Madrid , January 30, 1893 . (Received February 13.)
Sir: I have the honor to inclose translated copy of a communication from the Marquis of Vega de Armijo, minister of state, making a formal tender to our Government of the caravel Santa Maria.
This reproduction of the vessel in which Columbus sailed in his voyage of discovery to the New World is well constructed and cost the Spanish Government over $30,000.
The friendly considerations that induce His Majesty’s Government to make this generous offer and the flattering terms employed in communicating its wishes, must awaken the liveliest sentiments of appreciation on the part of our Government and people.
I have, etc.,