Mr. Calvo to Mr. Sherman.

Sir: Being deeply touched by the terrible news of the destruction of the United States war steamer Maine, with the loss of many lives and the injury of a considerable number of persons belonging to the crew of said steamer, I desire to express to your excellency, faithfully interpreting the sentiments of my Government, the deepest and most sincere sympathy on account of this occurrence, which was as dreadful as it was unexpected.

Joining the expression of my own personal sentiments to this official manifestation of condolence, I reiterate to your excellency the assurances of my highest and most distinguished consideration.

J. B. Calvo.