Señor du Bosc to Mr. Sherman.
Washington , February 17, 1898 .
Mr. Secretary: The Governor-General of the island of Cuba has, by a telegram which I have just received, charged me to cause to be brought to the knowledge of the President of the United States the sincere and respectful expression of condolence which the insular government, met in session under his presidency, has resolved to address to the President by reason of the terrible catastrophe caused by the destruction of the ironclad Maine, in which a great number of citizens and seamen of your nation perished.
General Blanco states to me at the same time how earnestly he deplores the circumstances that the port of Habana should have been the hospitable witness of so great a disaster.
In begging your excellency to be pleased to bring these communications of sympathy to the attention of the President, I avail myself of this occasion to reiterate the assurance of my highest consideration.