File No. 811.34537/49.

The American Minister to the Secretary of State.

No. 623.]

Sir: Referring to previous correspondence in regard to the enlargement of our naval station at Guantánamo, I have the honor to transmit herewith a copy and translation of a confidential note dated the 8th instant which I received from Sr. Sanguily, the Cuban secretary of state, last night.

I have [etc.],

John B. Jackson.

The Cuban Secretary of State to the American Minister.

No. 13.]

Mr. Minister:1 * * * Some time ago the press of the United States attributed to the minister of war of that Republic, Mr. Dickinson, the statement that the costs of the second intervention, represented to amount to $6,000,000, constitute a debt of Cuba. This statement, probably apocryphal, has occasioned appreciable uneasiness here, being considered as the announcement of a pecuniary claim which the Cuban treasury could not meet without serious disturbance of its equilibrium. In spite of its apparent incorrectness, not having been denied by the Government of the United States this statement continues to be a source of uneasiness, and it seems but right to the Cuban Government that it should be disclaimed by an authentic pronouncement, especially since, really and positively, an obligation of that nature could not be conceived of as legitimately binding on the Cuban people when that people had not been consulted and so made responsible for it. * * *

Manuel Sanguily.
  1. The omissions appear under Naval Station at Guantánamo, and Sovereignty of the Isle of Pines, pp. 118 and 136.