Mr. Seward to Mr. Dayton.

No. 94.]

Sir: Your despatch of December 6 (No. 91) was duly received. In previous papers of this date I have already exhausted what is needful to be said on the several subjects discussed in it, except one, namely: that of the confidential note of Mr. Thouvenel to Mr. Mercier, read by him to me, and my reply thereto, read by you to Mr. Thouvenel.

Important events roll on so rapidly, each crowding the other so entirely out of view, that this government can see no reason to desire any further prosecution of the subject opened in those papers.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


William L. Dayton, Esq., &c., &c., &c.