The Ecuadorean Chargé to the Acting Secretary of State.

Sir: With profound sorrow this legation has learned of the unexpected death of Hon. John Hay, Secretary of State.

On behalf of both my government and myself I present to your excellency my heartiest manifestation of condolence for the irreparable loss that the United States has suffered by the death of one of its most prominent statesmen, this sad event being a cause of the greatest sorrow not only to this nation, but to the whole American continent.

Accept, etc.,

Serafin S. Wither.