Mr. Sampson to Mr. Sherman.

No. 19.]

Sir: I have been personally waited upon by the minister of foreign relations of this Republic, who, in the name of President Alfaro and of the Republic, expressed the fullest sympathy over the Maine disaster, and desired me to assure President McKinley that no nation is in fuller sympathy and accord with the United States than Ecuador.

This was meant to be the more emphatic because not merely formal and in writing.

I have, etc.,

Archibald J. Sampson.