Mr. Webb to Mr. Seward
Sir: The British steam packet Magdalena arrived on the evening of the 5th, bringing despatches Nos. 46, 41, 48, 49, and 50; and circulars Nos. 14 and 29.
I immediately enclosed to the secretary of foreign affairs a copy of despatch No. 49, and took occasion to cancel so much of my despatch to the Marquis d’Abrantes, in relation to the President’s proclamation of the 22d of September, as conflicted with the spirit of that all-important document, and of which I most cordially and unreservedly approve.[Page 1259]
The copy of my despatch enclosed herewith will, I trust, prove satisfactory, as it certainly is intended to demonstrate that all that has been done in the way of manumission is in strict compliance with the Constitution and the law.
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I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, &c.