Mr. Taylor to Mr. Gresham.
Madrid, January 8, 1895. (Received January 21.)
Sir: I have the honor to report that your telegram of the 5th instant, in reply to mine of the day before, was received on the morning of the 6th (Sunday). Yesterday at 5 o’clock the minister of state received me and I read the telegram to him, according to your instructions. I was careful to prepare a note, a copy of which is inclosed herein, in which I set forth what had actually transpired in the matter up to that moment. This note I delivered to the minister of state as my understanding of [Page 630] the facts, and it was accepted as a true and accurate statement by the minister after a careful perusal by the subsecretary. You will see that no reference whatever is made in my note to the provision of our present tariff as to bounties. The only addition suggested was that the new arrangement should remain in force without a day unless terminated by either party after six months’ notice to the other.
When I questioned the length of the notice suggested, I was told that it was the time expressed in like arrangements made by Spain with other countries. Seeing no real disadvantage to us in the suggestion, I accepted it, subject to your approval. It was then agreed that the modus vivendi should be perfected by an exchange of notes, and that it should then be submitted to the Cortes immediately for ratification, after which it is to go into instant effect. The minister said that he would request Señor Canovas, the leader of the opposition, to let it pass without contest, and in that way he hoped it would go through the Cortes in fifteen or twenty days. At the end of the interview I sent you a telegram. If I receive a favorable reply I hope to finally conclude the matter at once.
I am, etc.,