Mr. Seward to Mr. Adams.

No. 1626.]

Sir: Your despatch of the 22d of November, No. 1093, has been received. It is accompanied by a copy of the note which you addressed to Lord Clarendon, [Page 31] on the 18th of November, in rejoinder to Earl Russell’s note to you of the 2d of that month. Your argument contained therein is regarded as accurate and just.

I am directed by the President to approve of the views which you have expressed in regard to a proposition made by Earl Russell for a concurrent revision by the two governments of their legislation upon the subject of the neutrality laws. You will therefore inform Lord Clarendon that the United States do not incline towards an acceptance of Earl Russell’s proposition.

I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Charles Francis Adams, Esq., &c., &c., &c.