Mr. Seward to Mr. Marsh

No. 64.]

Sir: Your despatch of November 28 (No. 60) has been received. The Secretary of War has, I think, adopted a policy which does not contemplate the acceptance of bodies of troops organized in foreign countries, even with the consent of their sovereigns. I have repeatedly received this exposition of his views, have received it from him even in connexion with the offer of Colonel Cattabene, so distinctly, that I feel authorized to give it to you now, as I think I have heretofore done, as the answer of the government to that proposition.

The Secretary of War still retains under consideration the offer of General Garibaldi. It involves some considerations upon which the convenience of that department must necessarily be consulted. It is a source of high satisfaction to know that the general has been so far relieved of his painful wound as to justify a hope of his rapid convalescence.

The information which your despatches contains in relation to the ministerial crisis in Italy is very interesting. We hear through another channel the important news of the retirement of Mr. Ratazzi. It is not within my province to discuss the character or the probable consequences of that proceeding. Constituted as Italy is, this government and the whole American people cherish a very lively interest in the stability and welfare of that kingdom. I sincerely hope, therefore, that no injurious consequences may result from the change of administration.

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I am, sir, your obedient servant,


George P. Marsh, Esq., &c., &c., &c., Turin.