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Document for February 9th:
De Lôme Letter


Facsimile of Letter Written by the Spanish Minister

Page from New York Journal containing the "Facsimile of Letter Written by the Spanish Minister," February 9, 1898; Notes from the Spanish Legation in the U. S to the Department of State, 1790-1906; Record Group 59; National Archives.

This letter, written by the Spanish Ambassador to the United States, Enrique Dupuy de Lôme, criticized American President William McKinley by calling him weak and concerned only with gaining the favor of the crowd. Publication of the letter helped generate public support for a war with Spain over the issue of independence for the Spanish colony of Cuba.
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