Mr. Day to Mr. Dupuy de Lôme.

No. 331.]

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.

Accept, etc.,

William R. Day
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[Inclosure in No. 331.]

By direction of the President, the public is informed that, in deference to the earnest desire of the Government to contribute by effective action toward the relief of the suffering people in the Island of Cuba, arrangements have been perfected by which charitable contributions, in money or in kind, can be sent to the island by the benevolently disposed people of the United States.

Money, provisions, clothing, medicines, and the like articles of prime necessity can be forwarded to Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, the consul-general of the United States at Havana, and all articles now dutiable by law so consigned will be admitted into Cuba free of duty. The consul-general has been instructed to receive the same and to cooperate with the local authorities and the charitable boards for the distribution of such relief among the destitute and needy people of Cuba.

The President is confident that the people of the United States, who have on many occasions in the past responded most generously to the cry for bread from peoples stricken by famine or sore calamity, and who have beheld no less generous action on the part of foreign communities when their own countrymen have suffered from fire and flood, will heed the appeal for aid that comes from the destitute at their own threshold and, especially at this season of good will and rejoicing, give of their abundance to this humane end.

John Sherman.