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Transmits translation of the note from the min-
Mr. Fish to General Sickles. Nov. 27 (Telegram.)
Transmits copies of a private note from Mr. Carvajal to General Sickles, and his reply. Transmitting copy of Senate resolution of June 16, 1858, that detention of American vessels on the high seas by force in time of peace is in dero- | gation of the sovereignty of the United States.
General Sickles to Mr. Fish. Nov. 28 Has reason to think Spanish government will yield (Telegram.)
our terms; hopes to announce result that after
Instructions received. Proposes to renew re-
Nov. 28 Transmitting correspondence with Italian minis
Announcing that it had been informally agreed at
Mr. Fish to General Sickles. Nov. 28 Supposing, from the tenor of General Sickles's
1 General Sickles to Mr. Fish. Nov. 29 (Telegram.)
Mr. Fish to General Sickles. Nov. 29 (Telegram.)
dispatches, that he had left Madrid, the reply to the last Spanish proposal was communicated to Admiral Polo, who now says negotiations are going on at Madrid; having received notice. that General Sickles would demand his passports at 3 to-day, (see 74, supra.) it is supposed that those negotiations have dropped. Communicates substance of a note from minister of state respecting settlement; comments adversely upon it, and advises insistence upon original terms.
Same subjects as 659 and 661; incloses text of the
Spanish minister yesterday made a proposal em-
General Sickles to Mr. Fish. Nov. 29 Acknowledging receipt of 664
Capture of Virginius made by order of commander
Mr. Fish to General Sickles. Dec.
Inclosing copies of Consul-General Hall's dis
Powers sent to Admiral Polo to negotiate place
6 Alleged publication unauthorized; no dissatis-
* General Sickles to Mr. Fish Dec. 15 (Telegram.)
President Castelar informs him of surrender of
Stated in Madrid, by authority, that Spain will require the restoration of the Virginius.
682 General Sickles to Mr. Fish. Dec. 20
Mr. Fish to General Sickles. Dec. 20 Resignation accepted; Attorney-General decides
that Virginius was not rightfully carrying flag at time of capture; salute will be dispensed with. Official advices of surrender of survivors.
Asking for publication of correspondence respecting resignation.
In reply to No. 662, supra; regrets that it was not stated with whom the informal arrangement was made; cannot assume that Spain receded from her undertakings; the point of honor once conceded by Spain, we could then make the other concessions to her. Spanish government had revoked the authority given by General Rodas to subordinate conmanders to shoot prisoners; the conduct of the authorities at Santiago finds no justification in the orders of the government.
II. CORRESPONDENCE AND NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SPANISH LEGA: TION AT WASHINGTON.
Admiral Polo to Mr. Fish..
Telegram from the Secretary of State, Madrid, to Admiral Polo. (Handed to Mr. Fish by Admiral Polo.)
Admiral Polo to Mr. Fish..
Nov. 12 Nov. 15
Has received intelligence of the shooting of fifty-
Papers of Virginius irregular; order from Madrid
Nov. 17 Spain cannot adopt a final resolution until all the facts are known.
Nov. 18 Inclosing copy of a telegraphic dispatch from the minister of state at Madrid, in which it is said that Spain cannot answer till the facts are known, and is resolved to preserve the integrity of its territory, but will observe the obligations of international law and the letters of all treaties.
Nov. 20 Proposing an arbitration, and the surrender of the
vessel into the hands of the arbitrators; the authority of Spain is respected in Cuba; the evidence is conflicting; this is a reason for arbitration; Spain is acting in good faith. Nov. 20 Inclosing copy of telegram from minister of state, in which it is said that Spanish authority is respected in Cuba; peremptory orders issued. Mr. Fish declines to submit to arbitration the question of an indignity to the flag; is willing to submit all questions which are properly subjects of reference; is surprised to find no expression from Spain of disapproval of the hasty executions, or of readiness to release the vessel and survivors; arbitration would be postponement; it is desirable to have the settlement complete before assembling of Congress. The United States strongly desires a friendly settle
6.9 Mr. Fish to Admiral Polo.. 700 Telegram from the secretary of state, Madrid, to Admiral Polo. (Handed by Admiral Polo to Mr. Fish.)
Memorandum of statement by Mr. Fish to Admiral Polo.
72 Telegram from secretary of
Polo. (Handed by Ad-
1873. Nov. 24, Nov. 24
703 Memorandum of interview Nov. 25
Respecting the proposed examination of witnesses
Asking whether the United States will await the
Admiral Polo reads No. 702; Mr. Fish replies that
Mr. Fish reads dispatch from General Sickles;
NO Telegram from secretary of Nov. 28 Negotiations renewed in Madrid; any arrange-
ments made will be carried out in Cuba.
713 Admiral Polo to Mr. Fish... Dec. 10
Transmitting evidence in order to show that the
Mr. Fish to Admiral Polo... Dec. 22 Acknowledging the receipt of 129; the inclos
ures make it appear to the satisfaction of the
Expresses on behalf of his government a disclaim-
Directing him to ask of authorities confirmation
Nov. 12 Directing him to demand of authorities the most
Mr. Nunes to Mr. Davis .... Nov. 15