Mr. Seward to Mr. Marsh
Sir: Your despatch of the 21st ultimo (No. 54) was duly received, and the proposal of Colonel Cattabene to organize four battalions of experienced soldiers, and to embark them for the United States, for service in the army of the Union, has been submitted for consideration to the Secretary of War, from whose department a letter declining the offer has just been received. In communicating to Colonel Cattabene the decision contained in this letter, of which I annex a copy, you will at the same time assure him that his generous proposal is properly appreciated, and will always be gratefully remembered by those who are battling in the sacred cause of liberty and Union.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
George P. Marsh, Esq., &c., &c., &c., Turin.