Mr. Hay to Mr. Squiers.

No. 347.]

Sir: I have to acknowledge the receipt of your No. 853, of the 12th ultimo, regarding the outrage on the United States consulate at Cienfuegos.

In reply I have to say that in view of the apologies made and the precautions taken to prevent a repetition of the insult, the Department is of opinion that the incident may be regarded as closed. * * *

I am, etc.,

John Hay.