File No. 811.304M28/45.

The President of Cuba to President Taft.


My Dear Mr. President: On the eve of the raising of the remains of the Maine, whose sad fate is so closely connected with the history of the independence of Cuba, I desire, voicing the general sentiment of the Cuban people, to ask the American people to let us have some part of the ship with which to erect a plain and shining monument that will forever recall the union of love between the great Republic of the United States and the Republic of Cuba.

Renewing to you, etc.,

Jose M. Gomez.