Mr. Harvey to Mr. Seward.
Sir: In obeying the instruction of your special circular, dated the 9th of March, I considered it better to address a formal note to the minister of foreign affairs, covering a copy of the concurrent resolutions of Congress in regard to foreign intervention, than merely to read them to him and leave a copy, since in any event the resolutions would require to be translated into Portuguese.
I transmit, herewith, a copy of my note on the subject. His Majesty’s government had already been made acquainted with our policy and purpose in regard to foreign intervention, both by the views which I took occasion to present when first entering upon the duties of this mission, in connexion with the royal proclamation against piratical cruisers, and subsequently by your own able and exhaustive instructions, which were communicated in substance.
The resolutions in Congress would seem to be intended mainly to indorse and emphasize the previous action of the Executive. In that respect they give force to the declarations of the government, by exhibiting a full accord and unity of purpose among its several departments.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.