Mr. Harvey to Mr. Seward.

No. 218.]

Sir: I have the honor to enclose in this despatch the copy of a note addressed to me by his excellency the Duke de Soulé, in reply to mine which communicated the concurrent resolutions of Congress concerning foreign intervention in the rebellion.

The duke’s answer is sufficiently non-committal to allow him the utmost margin for any action or opinion that he may adopt hereafter, either from necessity or from choice. And it may be assumed that the course of this government will be determined, to a very great extent, by the exterior counsels upon which it has been too much accustomed to rely, and by the direction which its closest alliances may take.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.

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Duke de Soulé to Mr. Harvey.

I had the honor of receiving the note which you were pleased to address to me, under date of 9th instant, making known to me, by order of your government, some resolutions taken by the Congress of the United States regarding foreign intervention in the warfare which is now unfortunately interfering with the peace of the American Union.

Having most attentively read your said note, it is my duty to tender you my thanks for the transmission of the document which accompanied it.

I avail of this opportunity to renew the assurance of my most distinguished consideration.


James E. Harvey, Esq., &c., &c., &c.