Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I have to acknowledge the reception of despatches from the department, numbered 732, 733, and 734. The explanations they give of the policy of the government are clear and satisfactory, The despatch No. 732 contains an enclosure, the contents of which had been already communicated to me from the same source.
There has been little of interest in the events of the week. A communication in the Times, from the writer who takes the signature of “Historicus,” in which he comments with force upon the bearing of the intercepted despatches from Richmond on the action of the rebels at Liverpool, has drawn forth replies from Mr. Lindsay and Mr. George N. Saunders, both of them characteristic, and illustrative of the sort of commercial morality that is supposed by them to prevail here.
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The hope of getting out the iron-clads does not appear to be yet quite extinguished. [Page XXVI] Some suspicious movements appear to have led to the order of an additional war vessel to keep them in check. Captain Inglefield is an enegetic officer, and I think resolved to do his duty in good faith. It is, however, a remarkable circumstance that any such question as the defiance of the government in a leading British port should be supposed possible.
I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.