Mr. Day to Mr. Dupuy de Lôme.
Washington , December 27, 1897 .
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 24th instant, handed to me personally on that day, conveying the gratifying information that, in order to facilitate the sending of relief for the reconcentrados and the destitute and suffering in the Island of Cuba by charitably disposed persons in the United States, money and supplies can now be sent directly to the consul-general of the United States in Havana, being admitted with remission of customs duties and to be by him delivered to boards organized for the relief of the reconcentrados or to the bishop.
This act of kindly deference to the benevolent sentiment of the American people which has been so deeply moved by the spectacle of distress and misery in the neighboring community has been highly appreciated by the President, who hastened to give it the widest publicity through the issuance, on the same day that he received the information, of a public notification, signed by the Secretary of State, inviting contributions for the succor of the sufferers in Cuba. I inclose a copy thereof.