Mr. Winthrop to Mr. F. W. Seward.
Sir: I would beg to inform you that Messrs. Tolentini, Rara, and Pignachi, three educated young officers who were with General Garibaldi in his recent expedition, are now leaving for the United States on purpose to join our army. Many others who are similarly situated will be readily disposed, with little assistance, to pursue a similar course. I shall do what I can to aid them in carrying out their honorable intentions. The most whom I have met of the Garibaldian volunteers are high-spirited, gallant young men, and well acquainted with military tactics from having served in the regular army.
Mr. Tolentini, who kindly favored me with his notes during the recent campaign, was introduced by the Spanish consul, and is highly recommended.
Being without passports or means, I have given these officers some certificates.
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I have the honor to be, sir, your most obedient servant,
F.W. Seward, Assistant Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.