Mr. Hay to the Duke de Arcos.

Dear Mr. Minister: In pursuance of our conversation last Thursday, I requested the Secretary of War to instruct General Otis to cooperate with whatever agents your Government may appoint in the Philippines for the purpose of effecting the release of Spanish prisoners in those islands. I have a note from the Secretary of War informing me that he has done so.

Yours, faithfully,

John Hay.