Mr. Bridgman to Mr. Sherman.

No. 18.]

Sir: I have the honor to report that I have duly acknowledged to the Bolivian Government the receipt by the Department in Washington of the note of sympathy from the Bolivian minister relative to the disaster to the battle ship Maine, adding thereto my own appreciation of the kindly and friendly spirit of the Government and people of Bolivia by which the message was prompted.

I have the honor, etc.,

Geo. H. Bridgman.