Mr. Sherman to Mr. Woodford.
Washington, April 20, 1898.
Señor Polo de Bernabé, Spanish minister to the United States, upon being informed shortly before noon to-day of the action of this Government taken in pursuance of the resolutions of Congress of April 19, 1898, has asked for his passports. In compliance with his request passports for himself, his family, and suite have been handed him, with assurances of safety while within the territory of the United States.
Unless previously handed your passports, you will be expected to remain near the Court of Spain till Saturday noon of this week, and unless by that day and hour some communication is received from the Government of Spain which you deem will be satisfactory to this Government you are to ask for your passports and safe conduct.