Mr. Day to Mr. Woodford.


President directs me to say, in answer to your telegram of the 2d instant, Captain Crowninshield visited San Domingo on business entirely disassociated with Cuban affairs. Did not see Garcia or any filibustering expedition. Report has no foundation in fact.

The President will not consider any proposal to withdraw General Lee. Even a suggestion of his recall at this time would be most unfortunate from every point of view. Our information and belief is that throughout this crisis General Lee has borne himself with great ability, prudence, and fairness.