Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward.

No. 529.]

Sir: Despatches from the department, numbered 735, 736, and 737, have been received this week at this legation.

In obedience to the direction contained in No. 736 of the 17th of October, I addressed a note to Lord Russell on the subject of the intercepted contract, a copy of which was received with that despatch. A copy of my note is herewith transmitted.

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


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

Mr. Adams to Earl Russell.

My Lord: I have great regret in being obliged to lay before your lordship new proofs of the manner in which the neutrality of her Majesty’s ports is abused by the insurgents of the United States in order the more effectually to procrastinate their resistance.

I have the honor to transmit the copy of a letter addressed to the Secretary of State by the Secretary of the Navy of the United States, dated the 13th day of October, together with a copy of a contract entered into between certain parties and an agent of the insurgents, the original being now in the possession of the government, one of the objects designated in which is the establishing in the port of St. Georges, in the island of Bermuda, of a depot of naval stores for their use and benefit in the prosecution of the war.


This proceeding, if carried into effect, would seem to be so entirely in violation of the spirit, not less than the letter, of her Majesty’s proclamation, that I am instructed to ask your attention to the expediency of giving such instructions to the authorities in Bermuda as would prevent its being made a place of deposit for the purpose referred to.

I pray your lordship to accept the assurances of the highest consideration with which I have the honor to be, my lord, your most obedient servant,


Right Hon. Earl Russell, &c., &c., &c.