The Duke de Arcos to Mr. Hay.

Dear Mr. Secretary: Again I appeal in this informal way to your kindness on behalf of the Spanish prisoners of Aguinaldo. Part of them have been, or are, on the point of being liberated, and I am instructed to ask the American Government to telegraph General Otis to give permission to the Spanish commissioner to go and fetch the prisoners, and to take them every available relief. The commissioner will, I believe, charter a ship, and whatever facilities can be afforded by General Otis will contribute to the liberation of the prisoners, so much desired by the Spanish Government as well as by the American. I hope, Mr. Secretary, that the American Government will do all that is necessary to help our commissioner, and thanking you beforehand in the name of the Spanish Government,

I remain, etc.,