Sir F. Bruce to Mr. Seward

Sir: Upon the receipt of your note of the 31st October I forwarded a copy to her Majesty’s principal secretary of state for foreign affairs, and I am now instructed by the Earl of Clarendon to express to you the satisfaction with which her Majesty’s government have learned the orders issued to the officers of the United States navy consequent on the removal of all the restrictions on the ships of war of the United States visiting British ports.

I have the honor to be, with the highest consideration, sir, your most obedient, humble servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, &c., &c., &c.