Mr. Sherman to Señor Polo de Bernabé.
Washington, April 20, 1898.
Mr. Minister: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of this day’s date, in which you state that the resolution adopted by the Congress of the United States of America, and to-day approved by the President, is of such a nature as to make your continuance in Washington impossible and constrains you to request that your passports be given you. You add that the protection of Spanish interests is intrusted to the ambassador of France and the minister of Austria-Hungary.
In response to your request I have the honor to hand you a passport for yourself, your family, and your suite. I beg also to inform you that arrangements have been made for a guard to attend you during your presence in the territory of the United States.
Sincerely regretting the step that you have felt constrained to take, I avail myself, etc.,