Mr. Seward to Mr. Koerner

No. 16.]

Sir: * * * * * * * *

In view of the prompt and liberal action of this government in regard to the Blanche, and in all its proceedings in which Spain is interested, you will suggest to Mr. Calderon Collantes that the United States think it not unreasonable to expect that the privilege heretofore allowed by Spain to American vessels-of-war to hold communication with the shore at Havana, but recently revoked, shall be restored. Mr. Calderon Collantes cannot be uninformed that, while the course of the Spanish government during our present unhappy civil war has been wisely loyal, there is at Havana a local sentiment that favors the insurgents and operates continually to their advantage. This government is well aware that this local sentiment is an element which the Spanish government cannot disregard in its administration of the affairs of Cuba. We are therefore the more content to bear with the manifestations of that sentiment, which really adds so little to the advantages of our internal enemies. Nevertheless, it is hoped that hereafter, as heretofore, the Spanish government may find it as safe as it is beneficial to both parties to manifest at Cuba the same spirit of cordiality toward the United States which is so constantly exhibited by that government at home.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Gustavus Koerner, Esq., &c., &c., &c., Madrid.