Mr. Motley to Mr. Hunter
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of despatch No. 136, of date April 10, signed by F. W. Seward, Acting Secretary of State, and giving official intelligence of the great events which would seem to have nearly destroyed the military power of the insurrection—the battles before Petersburg, the capture of Richmond, and the capitulation of Lee.
As this intelligence had already reached me, and had already been made the subject of more than one congratulatory despatch on my part, I refrain from further allusion at this moment to this memorable campaign, which has rarely been surpassed in consummate military ability and success in the annals of our own or of any other nation.
I have the honor to remain, sir, your obedient servant,
Hon. William Hunter, &c., &c., &c.