Mr. Dayton to Mr. Seward
Sir: That £3,000,000 loan to the confederates has been taken up, as you will have seen before this, in England alone; the subscription, as is alleged, very much over-running the amount required. The name of Erlanger & Co., of Frankfort and of Paris, &c., would seem to have been used as a thin veil to cover the real transaction. I have been informed by parties here that little, if any, of this loan has been taken out of England, and it is believed to have been taken there principally as a means of giving shape and a seeming security to claims against the confederates already existing or contracted for. This is most probable. Some of our bankers and business men here believe the whole loan a pretence, and that nothing has been or will be advanced upon it. But the preceding suggestion is probably the true one.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c.