Mr. Taylor to Mr. Gresham.


Have read telegram to minister for foreign affairs, who replies that he accepts the complaint of the United States with the desire to decide it with justice. He has not received, so far, official notice of the incident complained of, but he has promised me to urgently request such notice, and when he has received it he will adopt, according to the principles of international law and without detriment to the faculties which he has a right to exercise in the jurisdictional waters of Cuba, opportune resolutions if any voluntary offense shall have been caused to the United States. I was promised that this preliminary answer should be followed by a specific and formal reply to your demand the moment the facts can be obtained from Cuba by telegraph.