Mr. Powell to Mr. Sherman.

Dominican Series, No. 43.]

Sir: I have the honor to inclose copy of letter sent to Mr. Frias, in answer acknowledging his cablegram to the President of the United States, expressing sorrow at the loss of the U. S. S. Maine, according to instructions covered in dispatch No. 117.

I have, etc.,

W. F. Powell.
[Inclosure 1 in No. 43.]

Mr. Frias, Santo Domingo City, Santo Domingo.

Sir: Permit me, sir, in behalf of Mr. McKinley, President of the United States, to acknowledge your cablegram to him expressing your deep sympathy and sorrow at the loss of the brave officers and seamen on the U. S. S. Maine, in the harbor of Habana, Cuba.

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In his behalf, allow me to express the thanks he feels in your personal cablegram in a loss which has brought sorrow and distress in once happy homes, and in the loss to our Navy of one of its finest vessels.

Again thanking you, sir, for the sympathy you personally express, I am, sir, etc.,

W. F. Powell, United States Minister.