Mr. Wilson to Mr. Sherman.

No. 26.]

Sir: The sad intelligence of the disaster to the United States battle ship Maine was received here on the evening following its occurrence.

The news created widespread interest and universal sympathy. All the representatives of foreign governments residing near this Government called at this legation to express their sympathy. The British minister was especially sympathetic and kind in his remarks, and some of the British societies here have referred to the disaster in sympathetic resolutions.

I have, etc.,

Henry L. Wilson.