Mr. Adams to Mr. Seward.

No. 1119.]

Sir: I have the honor to transmit a copy of the supplement to the London Gazette, of the 22d instant, which contains the remainder of the correspondence between the foreign secretary and myself on the controverted question now pending between the two nations. It has naturally given occasion to less of commentary in the public press than the earlier portion, which really embraced all the elements for a judgment. The only leader which seems to deserve your attention is that contained in the Times of the 25th instant, a copy of which I transmit. You will perceive in it a renewal of the suggestion of a commission which may or may not have its origin in higher quarters. I am well convinced that the present position of the government is not regarded as at all satisfactory. Vague intimations have reached me of some intention to bring the subject formally before Parliament at an early period of the session. While I place no dependence upon these, I think it my duty to mention the fact as more or less indicative of the state of opinion here.

I have the honor to be, sir, your obedient servant,


Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, Washington, D. C.