Mr. Chase to Mr. Seward.

Sir: The necessity of new methods of protecting the interests of the revenue in the transit of goods entering our ports for Canada, makes it desirable that I should be possessed of the methods adopted in England, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, in the transhipment of goods across the frontiers or into their ports, for export to a foreign land, with all the forms used, and all the fees charged.

I have the honor to request that you will send me such information as may be in the Department of State; and if this information is not in your possession, I shall be glad if it may be obtained from our ministers and consuls abroad. With great respect,

S. P. CHASE, Secretary of the Treasury.

Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State.