Mr. Dupuy de Lôme to Mr. Olney.
Washington , September 13, 1895.
Mr. Secretary: I have the honor to inform your excellency that I have communicated to the Duke of Tetuan the abstract of our conference at Boston, and have told him that I had notified your excellency that the Government of His Majesty the King of Spain had taken the necessary measures to have paid at Havana, to such person as the United States Government may designate, $1,500,000 in Spanish gold, in payment and complete satisfaction of the claim known under the name of the “Mora claim.”
I also informed him that your excellency had said that payment in coin was unnecessary, and that you wished payment to be made in bills [Page 1176] of exchange on New York or London, as the most practical and convenient method of completing the transaction.
The minister of state of His Majesty the King of Spain tells me in a communication dated at San Sebastian, which I have just received, that he authorizes me to deliver to your excellency on the 15th instant bills payable at sight, signed by me, to the order of the Secretary of State of the United States of America, drawn upon the delegate of Spain at London,” for the equivalent in pounds sterling of the said sum agreed upon, $1,500,000 in Spanish gold, the necessary steps having been already taken to have the said bills paid on presentation.
The 15th instant being Sunday, I will deliver the bills on Saturday, if your excellency has no objection, the rate of exchange at which the payment is to be made being that of the day of delivery, to ascertain which I have requested Messrs. Riggs & Co. to make the necessary examinations, which they have done, as shown in the copy of the letter which I handed in person to Mr. Alvey A. Adee.
I avail myself, etc.