Lord Lyons to Mr. Seward.
Sir: I have the honor to transmit to you, and to recommend to your serious attention, a copy of a despatch which I have received this morning from the governor general of Canada.
The governor general states that his attention has been called to an extract from the New York Post, purporting to give the words of an order telegraphed to the officer commanding at Burlington, Vermont, by Major General Dix, on the occasion of the late outrage at St. Albans; and his excellency requests me to bring the subject to your notice, with the view that the order may be disavowed or explained.
I enclose a copy of the newspaper extract, and have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your most obedient, humble servant,
Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.