Mr. Sherman to Señor Polo de Bernabé.

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.,

John Sherman.
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Copy of passport handed to Minister Polo de Bernabé.

NO. —.]

united states of america.

To all to whom these presents shall come, greeting:

Know ye that the bearer hereof, Señor Don Luis Polo de Bernabé envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of Spain to the United States, is about to travel abroad, accompanied by his family and suite.

These are therefore to request all officers of the United States, or of any State thereof, whom it may concern, to permit them to pass freely, without let or molestation, and to extend to them friendly aid and protection in case of need.

John Sherman.