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