Mr. Seward to Mr. Webb.

No. 71.]

Sir: Your despatch of June 7 (No. 50) has been received. So much of it as relates to the case of the Nebo is approved.

While I see nothing to disapprove in that part of the despatch which relates to the indulgencies extended in Brazilian ports to the piratical cruisers which have been engaged in devastating our national commerce, I reserve all authoritative direction upon the subject until a reasonable time shall have elapsed for obtaining the further answer to your note which has been promised by the Marquis d’Abrantes.

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I am, sir, your obedient servant,


James Watson Webb, Esq.