Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward.

No. 513.]

Sir: I have the honor to transmit a memorial addressed to the President by 274 inhabitants of the city of Hereford; and also a resolution passed at a public meeting held at Hartlepool, in Durham, on the 2d instant.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.

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Mr. Martin to Mr. Adams,.

Honorable Sir: In forwarding to you the accompanying resolution, I may just take the opportunity to state my belief that there does not exist in the minds of the masses of my fellow-countrymen those pro-southern proclivities which American citizens, with much ill blood, give us credit for. Wherever there are bad men, there we shall find bad things of all kinds, pro-slavery among the rest. We have such in this country, of course, but, really, all the world must allow that they bear a very small proportion to the whole population.

The receipt of this will oblige, yours, obediently,


P. S.—You are at liberty to make what use you think proper of this communication.

Hartlepool resolutions.

Copy of resolutions unanimously adopted at a public meeting held at Hartlepool, in the county of Durham, on Friday evening, October 2, the Rev. Joseph Martin in the chair:

“That this meeting, having listened to statements made by the Rev. Joseph Martin and Mr. James Watkins, (a fugitive slave,) on the subject of American slavery, judges that the time is now come when it is necessary to reaffirm the sentiment of opposition to it in all its forms, and which, for so many years past, has distinguished the feelings and opinions of the British people; and, further, whilst deploring the civil war now raging in the United States of America, expresses its approval of, and confidence in, that course of action, against the institution of slavery, which the government of the States aforesaid has found it prudent to employ during the last two years.

“That a copy of this resolution be sent to the Hon. Charles Francis Adams, ambassador of the United States government to the British court.