Mr. Blatchford to Mr. Seward

Sir: I have to acknowledge your circular of March 9, 1863, enclosing a copy of the concurrent resolutions of Congress concerning foreign intervention, and instructing me to make them known to the minister for foreign affairs. I waited on the Cardinal Antonelli yesterday and read to him your circular of March 9, and delivered to him, at his request, a copy of the concurrent resolutions. * * * * * *

His Holiness, as well as the cardinal secretary of state, are decided friends of the Union, and ardently desire that its integrity may be preserved. The latter was strong in the expression of his hopes that the north would speedily subdue the rebellion.

I have the honor to be, with great respect, your most obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.