Mr. Sherman to Mr. Dupuy de Lôme.

No. 253.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your two notes of the 31st ultimo and 1st instant, both being responsive to mine of the 29th ultimo, in regard to the reported incident of the shots fired at the American merchant steamer Valencia as she was leaving the Bay of Guantanamo, in Cuba, by the Spanish cruiser Reina Mercedes.

As your second note advises me that the investigation which I requested has been in fact ordered, and in view of certain apparent discrepancies in the details of the incident as they are stated in your several notes, I will defer further consideration of the matter until I shall be in possession of the further information called for from the United States representatives in Cuba, as well as of such additional particulars as the forthcoming Spanish report may disclose.

Accept, sir, etc.,

John Sherman.