General Lee to Mr. Day.

Maine blown up and destroyed to-night at 9.40 p.m. Explosion occurred well forward under quarters of crew; consequence many were lost. It is believed all officers saved, but Jenkins and Merritt not yet accounted for. Cause of explosion yet to be investigated. Captain-General and Spanish army and navy officers have rendered every assistance. Sigsbee and most of his officers on Ward steamer City of Washington. Others on Spanish man-of-war and in city. Am with Sigsbee now, who has telegraphed Navy Department.