Minister Dawson to the Secretary of State.

No. 219.]

Sir: I have the honor to transmit you herewith a copy and translation of a letter from the government physician in charge of the Red Cross at Sanchez, in which he expresses his gratitude for the assistance given him by United States naval officers in attending the Dominican wounded in the recent civil disorders.

I also inclose copy of my reply to him.

I have, etc.,

T. C. Dawson.
[Inclosure 1.—Translation.]

Dr. Alberto Gautreau to Minister Dawson.

Mr. Minister: After the sad events which occurred in this locality I believe it is my duty to manifest to the American Government, through you, my gratitude for the effective and humanitarian assistance rendered so efficiently by those of your compatriots who were in the port of Sanchez during the revolution that began on January 5.

Having been authorized by my Government to install a Red Cross hospital in this city for the purpose of being able to give proper care to the unfortunate victims of the war, I received since the first fights from the commander of the U. S. S. Dubuque an offer of all medicines which might be lacking as well as of all kinds of help which might be necessary. Dr. Charles H. DeLancy, passed assistant surgeon, accompanied by Hospital Steward D. M. Hervey and Doctor Perrot of this city, attended to all cases that occurred in the disasters of the war, making a series of surgical operations with untiring perseverance and an ability truly notable.

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For this, in the name of the Dominican people and especially in my own, I give the most expressive thanks to these gentlemen, but desiring to convey to them an official testimonial of my gratitude I have thought that its value would be doubly significant if made to the Government of which you are a worthy member.

I ask you, Mr. Minister, to accept the demonstration of my respect and high regard.

Dr. Alberto Gautreau,
Physician of the “Red Cross”
[Inclosure 2.]

Minister Dawson to Doctor Gautreau.

Sir: I am in receipt of your polite communication of the 15th instant, conveying your thanks for the assistance given you in your noble humanitarian efforts by Commander Winterhalter and Doctor De Lancy of the U. S. S. Pauducah.

I am sending your letter to my Government so that it may be transmitted through the proper official channels to the Navy Department and the officers mentioned.

I am deeply gratified that our officials were of service to you and to those Dominicans who were in need of succor, and am sure that this gratification will be shared by the Government.

I also congratulate you on your success in relieving the wounded sufferers at Sanchez, of which I have heard through the American consular agency at that place.

Please accept, etc.,

T. C. Dawson.