Mr. Dayton to Mr. Seward

No. 384.]

Sir: I have not written my usual despatches to your department during the past week on account of a temporary illness, which has confined me to my room; but I know of no change in the condition of things here which has made my failure to communicate with you a matter of much importance.

I have just received a letter from our consular agent at Calais in regard to the Rappahannock, a translation of which I herewith enclose.

I think I have already stated to you that I have heretofore fully pretested, both verbally and in writing, against any aid being rendered to this vessel, and more particularly against any aid towards completing her equipment.

Both the Florida and the Georgia are now ready to go to sea.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward Secretary of State, &c., &c., &c.

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Mr. Vendroux to Mr. Dayton

Monsieur le Ministre: I have the honor to bring to your knowledge that there have arrived by the English steamer Rainbow, doing the regular service between London and Calais, 143 different packages—kitchen utensils, water casks, cordage, sails, gallipots, detached pieces of machinery, signal muskets, blankets, cloth for wearing apparel, and a screw—all addressed to a gentleman, F. T. Normsay, stranger at Calais, and these objects are destined for the confederate vessel Rappahannock.

Nothing new has taken place in regard to this vessel.

Always at your orders, be pleased to accept, Monsieur le Ministre, the assurance of the consideration of your obedient servant,

VENDROUX, Consular Agent of the United States.

Monsieur Dayton, Minister of the United States, Paris.