Mr. Muruaga to Mr. Gresham.

Dear Mr. Gresham: Yesterday afternoon, as agreed upon, I cabled to the minister of foreign affairs, but owing to the difference of meridian, my cablegram could barely reach Madrid before 12 o’clock that night.

Perhaps it would be wiser to delay all Congressional agitation which[Page 625]savors to imposition until the council of ministers could devise a provisional plan to assimilate in a certain measure the trade of both our countries.

This can easily be reached by mutual concessions, but could hardly be enforced abruptly.

The ministers will scarcely have time to-day to act upon the question at issue, although I expect to receive shortly some reference to it.

Believe me sincerely yours,

E. de Muruaga.