Mr. Taylor to Mr. Gresham.

No. 336.]

Sir: I have the honor to report the receipt of a note from the minister of state touching the Alliança incident, a copy of which is inclosed herein, with translation. I deemed it proper to transmit to you the substantial part of the note by telegraph.

I am, etc.,

Hannis Taylor.
[Inclosure in No.336.—Translation.]

The Duke of Tetuan to Mr. Taylor.

My Dear Sir: In compliance with the offer which I had the honor to make to you in the conference held on the 25th of March last, the instant I took possession of the ministry of state, I gave my attention first to the study of the incident which was the subject of your note of the 15th ultimo, that you were pleased to direct to my predecessor.

Sufficient information is still wanting to authorize a reply as precise and concrete as the Government of His Majesty sincerely desires, but I am pleased to assure you at once that it is not its purpose, and never has been, to put obstacles or obstructions of any kind in the way of the legitimate commerce of the United States. With this feeling and without prejudice to the exercise of the right which belongs to us in our maritime zone, opportune instructions have been sent to the commanders of the ships of His Majesty, first by telegraph, and afterwards at greater length by mail.

I shall have the honor to supplement this note as soon as I shall receive the report which has been ordered to be drawn up as rapidly as possible at Havana for the purpose of investigating the affair with the Alliança, and which my colleague the minister for the colonies expects to receive very soon. The Cabinet at Washington may be sure that if the commander of the Venadito, believing to act within his rights, should have committed an error, His Majesty’s Government shall regret it sincerely, and shall proceed respecting the said commander in the form and manner which the case requires.

It is to be hoped that the Government of the United States will appreciate the sincerity of the sentiments which animate that of His Majesty when the nation which you so worthily represent is concerned, and to which Spain professes the most cordial and lively friendship.

I avail, etc.,

The Duke of Tetuan.