Mr. Seward to Lord Lyons.

My Lord: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of the 22d ultimo, asking to be allowed to postpone for a short time responding to the [Page 629] invitation extended to you in my note of the 21st of May, to designate some person to confer with Acting Rear-Admiral Theodoras Bailey, in order to ascertain and agree upon the damages to he paid in the case of the Mont Blanc, and to state, in reply, that your request is cheerfully acceded to.

I have the honor to be your very obedient servant,


Right Hon. Lord Lyons, &c., &c., &c.