Mr. Thayer to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the despatch of October 9, (No. 4,) in which you are pleased to testify the government’s approbation of my proceedings for the punishment of the outrage inflicted by the mob of Osint on an agent of the American missionaries here.
I have also the honor to send herewith the reply of Mohammed Said, viceroy of Egypt, to the letter of the President of the United States, accompanying your despatch of October 9, as well as the letter of the viceroy’s minister of foreign affairs, on the subject of excluding privateers from the harbors of Egypt. It will be seen that the viceroy’s order of exclusion applies expressly not to all privateers, but only to privateers and vessels bearing an unrecognized flag, so that our domestic enemies are thus deprived of those belligerent rights which are very properly accorded to ourselves. The government of his highness is too friendly to the United States to affect not to know the difference in the status of the two contending parties in our civil contest. Copies of the letters of the viceroy and of his minister (marked A and B) are appended to this despatch.
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I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Hon. W. H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.