Mr. Seward to Mr. Stanton.

Sir: I beg leave to invite your attention to a copy of a despatch, No. 34, received from the United States consul at Galway, in reference to some mode by which information concerning soldiers in our army who have been wounded or have fallen in battle can be communicated to their friends in Ireland.

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In view of the large number of persons of Irish birth who have entered our army, and are fighting our battles, it would appear to be the dictate, alike of policy as well as of humanity, that some mode should be devised, as suggested by the consul, to facilitate the means of communicating intelligence concerning these gallant soldiers, many of whose families still remain in Ireland.

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


Hon. E. M. Stanton, Secretary of War.