Mr. Woodford to Mr. Sherman.

No. 39.]

Sir: On Monday, October 4th, instant, I telegraphed you as follows:

Secretary Sherman, Washington:

New ministry formed. Sagasta, president; Gullon, minister of state; Moret, minister of colonies.


I hope that the new ministry will act in the interest of peace.

I withhold further comment until I understand the situation better.

Yesterday afternoon, October 5, I called on Señor Sagasta, president of the council. Our interview was very cordial, but nothing was said about pending negotiations beyond the mutual expression of sincere desire that peace might be kept and friendship strengthened between Spain and the United States.

I have, etc.,

Stewart L. Woodford.