Mr. Olney to Mr. Dupuy de Lôme.

No. 108.]

Sir: Referring to Department’s note of the 14th ultimo, presenting affidavits as to the destruction by the insurgents in Cuba of the property of Patricio Ponce de Leon, an American citizen, I have now the honor to inclose copies of additional affidavits stating that further and serious destruction of his property has been carried on both by the insurgents and the Spanish soldiery.

I also beg to call your attention to his affidavit that, while other neighboring plantations have been protected by detachments of Spanish soldiers, he has been unable to secure protection for his property.

Accept, etc.,

Richard Olney.