Mr. F. W. Seward to Mr. Williams
Sir: I transmit to you a copy of a note of the 21st instant, which has been addressed to this department by Mr. De Figaniere é Morao, the diplomatic representative of Portugal, accredited to this government, who has been directed by his government to ask the co-operation of the United States minister at Peking, with that of the Portuguese minister at that place, in bringing to a satisfactory conclusion any negotiations now pending or which may arise between Portugal and China.
You are accordingly instructed to lend such assistance as may be in your power, in order to accomplish the desired result.
I am, sir, your obedient servant,
S. Wells Williams, Esq., &c., &c., &c.