Mr. Marsh to Mr. Seward
Sir: I received last evening a note from Mr. Wheeler, consul at Genoa, informing me that Captain Page, late of the United States navy, and now in the confederate service, was at Florence, and reported, upon what seemed creditable evidence, to be waiting the arrival of the Southerner, a steamer lately built in England for the rebel government, of which he is to take the command.
I called this morning at the foreign office to draw the attention of this government to these facts; but as the minister of foreign affairs was engaged, I was unable to see him.
I have, however, had an interview with Mr. Cerruti, secretary general of that department, a gentleman of much ability and experience, and stated to him the facts of the case, as far as they were known to me, and the principles I thought applicable to it.
Mr. Cerruti, who is well disposed to our cause, requested me to reduce my observations to writing immediately, in order that he might bring the subject up for discussion before a meeting of the diplomatic commission about to assemble, and I accordingly drew up hastily a note, a copy of which is hereto annexed, and sent it to the foreign office.
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I have the honor to be, sir, very respectfully, yours,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c.