Mr. Seward to Mr. Adams.
Sir: I enclose to you a translation of a communication of the 11th of November, addressed by Mr. S. Salnave, chief of the revolutionists in Hayti, to the Hon. Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice of the United States, for the consideration of this government, from which it appears that with a view to the overthrow of the revolutionary party on that island, President Geffrard has, in order to obtain the co-operation of certain British naval vessels there, made proposals to cede portions of that territory to the British government.
It is suggested that to counteract numerous designs prejudicial to general peace, her Britannic Majesty’s government would cheerfully give assurances that they do not intend or expect to acquire territory in Hayti.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
Charles Francis Adams, Esq., &c., &c., &c.