Henry D. White, Secretary of the United States Embassy in London, to Secretary of State John Sherman
Confidential London, March 2, 1898.
I have the honour to transmit herewith the translation of a cipher telegram which I sent you on the 26th instant at the instance of Mr. Hiram S. Maxim, the well know inventor.
Mr. Maxim called upon that morning and stated at some length the views which I summarized in my telegram. Our Naval Attaché being absent, I thought it best to comply with Mr. Maxim’s request and to cable you the information and advice which he imparted, without in any way endorsing them myself. He was very emphatic as to his absolute knowledge of Spain’s efforts to buy any ships of war now building upon which she can lay her hands, the difficulty in her way being apparently that of finding the wherewithal to pay for them which Mr. Maxim seemed to think would eventually be overcome and his particular reason for advising the purchase by us of the two ships now building at Armstrong’s was to prevent Spain from getting them….
I have the honour to be
Your obedient Servant,
Source Note: DfS, DNA, RG 59, M30, roll 180. Handwritten note at top left corner: “No. 289.” John Sherman was Secretary of State in the McKinley administration from 6 Mar. 1897 to 27 Apr. 1898.