Mr. Dayton to Mr. Seward

No. 292.]

Sir: The receipt of your circular No. 32, dated February 8, 1863, with its enclosures, circular No. 1, from the Treasury Department, dated March 2, 1863, and circular from your department, dated March 9, 1863, but without number, is hereby acknowledged.

I yesterday communicated to Mr. Drouyn de l’Huys the “concurrent resolutions of Congress concerning foreign intervention in the existing rebellion.” He did not desire me to read them, but preferred that I should leave a copy, which I did. He said he had already seen them, they having been immediately communicated to his department through Mr. Mercier. He made no remarks concerning them, and evidently was not disposed to go into any conversation on the subject. His mind seemed to be pre-occupied with Poland and its complications. He avoided, intentionally, as I thought, conversation as to our affairs. He merely said that things seemed ripe there for some important movements, and he supposed we would soon have news of interest from our country.

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I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.