Mr. Hale to Mr. Seward

No. 58.]

Sir: As I advised you in my despatch No. 49, dated August 20, 1866, on the 16th day of August I communicated to the Spanish minister of state the substance of your despatch No. 30, dated May 23, 1866, and on the 20th of the same month, in accordance with the wishes of the minister of state, I communicated to him from this place an informal statement, in writing, of the substance of what I had said to him. I did not retain a copy of that statement which I sent to the minister, for it was merely an informal statement of my own of what I had said to him, and was a faithful and literal abstract of your despatch to me.

I enclose you herewith a copy of the letter which the minister of state has sent me in reply to said communication, and a literal translation of the same.

I am, with much respect, your obedient servant,

JOHN P. HALE.

Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.

[Translation.]

SeƱor de Calonge to Mr. Hale

The minister of state of her Catholic Majesty has had the honor to receive the note which the minister plenipotentiary of the United States was pleased to send him from San Sebastian, of the date of the 20th of the present month, transmitting the substance of a communication which the Secretary of State of the Union had directed him to make. The undersigned, appeciating as they merit the express and reiterated protestations which are contained in said note, as well on the part of the President of the United States as of the government, that neither the one nor the other have the most remote idea of intervening, either directly or indirectly, in those matters which belong to our own exclusive jurisdiction, and taking into account the sentiments of entire respect and good will towards Spain which are expressed in said note, finds no difficulty in assuring the minister of the United States that the government of her Catholic Majesty, in giving its attention at an opportune time and occasion to the important subject of slavery existing in the provinces of Cuba and Porto Rico, will do so, in the exercise of their own right and in accordance with principles which they have ever sustained, without permitting their entire liberty of action to be prejudicially influenced by exterior agencies or influences of any kind. The undersigned asks the minister of the United States that in informing the Secretary of State of the Union that the government of Spain is advised of the communication to which he refers, he would inform [Page 580] him that the President of the United States is correct in having no fear that his motives in making this communication have been received in a bad spirit, or misinterpreted by the minister of her Catholic Majesty.

The undersigned improves this opportunity for reiterating to Mr. John P. Hale the assurances of his most distinguished consideration.

E. DE CALONGE.

The Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States.