Mr. Sherman to Mr. Dupuy de Lôme.

No. 321.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 6th instant in further reference to the matter of extending to the unfortunate reconcentrados of Cuba charitable aid through voluntary [Page 512] contributions of citizens of the United States, and I have much pleasure in expressing the gratification which is here felt on receiving your announcement that your Government has ordered that not only articles of food shall be admitted free of duty, but also medicine, clothing, or other articles of prime necessity which may be sent to Cuba in aid of the reconcentrados or other needy persons in the island.

The President, whose great interest in this matter has been thus shown and whose humane motives are thus strongly appreciated by your Government, has the subject under consideration.

Accept, etc.,

John Sherman.