Mr. Woodford to Mr. Sherman.

No. 128.]

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt to-day of your telegram in cipher dated yesterday.

I have this day officially informed the Spanish minister of foreign affairs of the proposed friendly visit by the United States steamer Maine at the port of Habana, and that the United States consul-general at Habana has been instructed by my Government to arrange with the Cuban authorities for a friendly interchange of visits.

I am, etc.,

Stewart L. Woodford.