Mr. Koerner to Mr. Seward

No. 44.]

Sir: Despatch 42, of May 5, in which you are pleased to say that the views which I presented to the Marquis of Miraflores, in the conversation reported in my despatch of April 11, No. 35, are approved and confirmed, has been duly received.

As the various facts concerning the events about which I was instructed to make complaint, such for instance, as to whether the Wm. B. Reaney was within Spanish jurisdiction when she was fired at and visited by the Princesa de Asturias, have undoubtedly been now fully ascertained, I expect to receive further and definite instructions as to my action in the premises.

The government here are undoubtedly in possession of all the circumstances, but they are not very likely to meet the questions in our complaint without being urged to it by a positive and well-defined demand on our part.

By the next Spanish courier I will forward to London, to be transmitted to the President, a beautiful volume, containing an address of many citizens, congratulating the President on his proclamation of the 1st of January, 1863, relating to the abolition of slavery in the revolted States. It was in the first place delivered by a committee to our consul at Barcelona, who has sent it to me, with a request to forward it. Enclosed I send you a copy of my letter to Mr. Little, in reply to his.

Barcelona, second only to Madrid in population, is the industrial and commercial capital of Spain. Its population, from time immemorial, has been known for its sturdy spirit of independence and its love of liberty. An acknowledgment, on the part of the President, of the sentiments of the citizens who signed the address would be highly valued by them, and would make a very favorable impression with all the liberals in the country at large.

I have the honor to be your most obedient servant,


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

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Sir: I have received, through your hands, the splendidly gotten up volume, containing a congratulatory address to the President of the United States upon his proclamation of the 1st of January, 1863, relating to the abolition of slavery, and also expressing the sympathy and good wishes of a large number of citizens of Barcelona, who have signed said address, for the success of the principles sustained by our government.

I shall take pleasure to make myself the instrument of transmitting said testimonial to our distinguished Chief of State, the more so as it comes from the citizens of Barcelona, a city renowned in history not less for its pre-eminence in all industrial pursuits, than for its love of the principles of human liberty and individual independence.

I have no doubt that the President will, in due time, respond in a proper manner to the enlightened signers of this address. In the mean time, if an opportunity offers, you will certainly express my own sentiments in acknowledging in sympathetic terms the action of the committee and of their constituents.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


John A. Little, Esq., United States Consul, Barcelona.