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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 Excerpt: ...and discretion in our power, and it was with a deep sense of solemn responsibility that we entered upon the duties which had been assigned to us. May we have accomplished our task in a manner not unworthy of the great object for which it was conferred on us! My colleagues have had a full view of the difficulties and dangers which the question presents; and you will see that they have not hesitated to join me in the expression of sentiments according strikingly with the intimations repeatedly thrown out in your despatches to me. I do not know if we shall be found sufficiently explicit in the language through which we have attempted to convey our impressions; I trust, however, that it will be found sufficiently free from ambiguity to leave no room even for a doubt as to its true meaning. The question of the acquisition of Cuba by us is gaining ground as it grows to be more seriously agitated and considered. There has been a full and unreserved inNow is the moment for us to be done terchange of views and sentiments between with it; for if we delay its solution, we us, which, we are most happy to inform will certainly repent that we let escape you, has resulted in a cordial coincidence the fairest opportunity we could ever be of opinion on the grave and important subfurnished with of bringing it to a decisive ject submitted to our consideration. test. We have arrived at the conclusion and Present indications would seem to en-are thoroughly convinced that an imme courage the hope that we may come to diate and earnest effort ought to be made that solution peaceably. But if it were by the government of the United States' otherwise--if it is to bring upon us the to purchase Cuba from Spain at any calamity of a war--let it be now, while price for which it can be obt...
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